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Health Canada expected to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 therapeutic today: sources

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Health Canada is expected to approve Pfizer's COVID-19 therapeutic today for use in this country, sources told CBC News and Radio-Canada.

This image provided by Pfizer shows the company's Paxlovid pills. Health Canada is expected to approve the drug on Monday for use in this country.(Pfizer/The Associated Press)

Health Canada is expected to approve Pfizer's COVID-19 therapeutic today for use in this country, sources told CBC News and Radio-Canada.

Dr. Supriya Sharma, the health regulator's chief medical adviser, will speak to the media at 11 a.m. ET. CBCNews.ca will carry her remarks live.

Pfizer's Paxlovid, which is an antiviral prescribed by a doctor and administered in pill form, is designed to help the body fight off the SARS-CoV-2 virus, reduce symptoms from an infection and shorten the period of illness.

The product has been hailed as a pandemic "game changer" by some doctors because it could reduce hospitalizations and deaths among COVID-19 patients. An effective pill that's easy to self-administer at home could relieve some of the pressure on the health-care system and change the trajectory of the pandemic, experts say.

After months-long clinical trials, Pfizer reported in November that Paxlovid reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by an impressive 89 per cent compared to a placebo in non-hospitalized high-risk adults with COVID-19.

Canada has placed an order for an initial quantity of one million treatment courses. Some of that supply will start to arrive after Health Canada's expected approval.

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J.P. Tasker is a senior writer in the CBC's parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. He can be reached at john.tasker@cbc.ca.

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