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Africa joins race to acquire Pfizer’s COVID-19 Paxlovid pills

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By Alexander Winning and James Macharia Chege (Reuters) -Africa’s top public health body said it was in talks with Pfizer about securing supplies of its antiviral COVID-19 pills for the continent, the latest to join the race for a drug seen as a potential game changer in fighting the virus. The Paxlovid medication was nearly 90% effective in preventing hospitalisations and deaths, and data suggested it retains its effectiveness against the Omicron variant, Pfizer has said. “We are in really close discussions with Pfizer to see what can be done to make the drugs available on the continent and a…

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