Pfizer says antiviral drug to treat COVID-19 could be here by year's end


Sarah Taylor, Blaze Media

April 27, 2021


Pfizer CEO and chairman Albert Bourla says that the biopharmaceutical company behind the COVID-19 vaccine could publicly release an antiviral drug designed to treat the coronavirus by the end of 2021.


Bourla on Monday told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that the drug called PF-07321332 is an antiviral drug intended for oral ingestion in COVID-19-positive patients when the illness is first detected. The company is also testing an intravenous option.


The treatment is anticipated to be effective against varying strains of the deadly virus.


Bourla said that the company is zeroing in on the oral option as it "provides several advantages" and can be taken in the comfort of the patient's home. The option, he added, would be a "game-changer."


"The compound that we are talking about and you said very well the numbers, it is a protease inhibitor," he explained...