STAT+: Pharmalittle: Pfizer Covid-19 pill could be ready by year-end; Warren urges SEC to probe Emergent CEO over stock sales

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An experimental Pfizer (PFE) oral drug to treat Covid-19 at the first sign of illness could be available by the end of the year, CNBC tells us. The company last month began an early-stage clinical trial testing a new antiviral therapy for the disease. The drug is a protease inhibitor, which works by inhibiting an enzyme that the virus needs to replicate in human cells. Protease inhibitors are used to treat HIV and hepatitis C. If trials go well and the Food and Drug Administration approves it, the drug could be distributed across the U.S. by the end of the year.

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