Pfizer’s Covid-19 anti-viral drug arrives in Ireland

Paxlovid to be available in hospitals for in-patients from next week

HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry. Picture:

The first shipment of Pfizer’s oral anti-viral treatment for Covid-19 has arrived in Ireland following a deal finalised last month between the pharmaceutical giant and the HSE.

Around 5,000 doses of Paxlovid, which was approved earlier this year for use in high-risk populations by the European Medicines Agency, arrived in Dublin on Wednesday. The treatment is to be available to in-patients from next week.

Information on the drug’s use was circulated to acute hospitals on ...