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South Korea agrees to buy additional Pfizer COVID-19 pills

FILE PHOTO: Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill, Paxlovid, is manufactured and packaged
FILE PHOTO: Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill, Paxlovid, is manufactured and packaged

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea signed an agreement to buy additional courses of Pfizer Inc’s antiviral COVID-19 pill Paxlovid to cover 400,000 people, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Wednesday.

This brings South Korea’s total agreed purchases of oral treatments for COVID-19 to treatments from Pfizer for 762,000 people and treatments from Merck for 242,000 people, the KDCA said in a statement.

Pfizer’s Paxlovid is expected to be available in the country from mid-January as scheduled, KDCA said.

The South Korean government reinstated distancing curbs in mid-December as record-breaking daily tallies and serious cases strained the medical system.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee, Editing by Louise Heavens)

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