China Covid: The report comes as the Beijing grapples with an unprecedented wave of infections that has severely strained its hospitals and emptied pharmacy shelves.
As Covid cases in China continue to rise, Beijing will soon start distributing Pfizer’s Covid-19 drug Paxlovid to the community health centres in forthcoming days, CNN reported citing state media on Monday.
The report comes as the city grapples with an unprecedented wave of infections that has severely strained its hospitals and emptied pharmacy shelves.
According to the state-run China News Service, after getting training, community doctors would dispense the medicine to Covid-19 patients and provide information on how to use it.
“We have received the notice from officials, but it is not clear when the drugs will arrive,” CNN cited a worker at a local community health centre in Beijing’s Xicheng district as saying.
Paxlovid remains the only foreign medicine to treat Covid that has been approved by China’s regulator for nationwide use, but the drug’s access is a challenging process.