COVID-19: Prevention and Treatment Options
Vaccination, detection, and treatment for eligible patients: a multi-pronged approach for COVID-19
From the beginning, we understood that fighting COVID-19 would require the power of science and unprecedented collaboration among scientists, companies, governments, and other stakeholders around the world.
We know that vaccinations have played an important role in public health by helping to protect us from serious diseases and helping to reduce the burden of once common infections.
While vaccinations remain one of the first lines of defense to help protect people against COVID-19, for those who do get COVID-19, there are treatment options available for eligible patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19.
Since 2020, we have been working on a multi-pronged approach to address COVID-19 and today we are focused on prevention through vaccinations, detection, and treatment through medication.
There is still more work to be done, though. At Pfizer, we remain unwavering in our commitment to combatting COVID-19.
Prevention through vaccination
Prevention through getting eligible people to get vaccinated remains critical to help in the fight against COVID-19.
That’s why, in 2020, we set out to make the impossible possible. In collaboration with BioNTech, we delivered a breakthrough COVID-19 vaccine to the world. We developed our COVID-19 vaccine using mRNA, or messenger RNA. We worked with tremendous urgency, without compromising quality, coordinating closely with trial participants and investigators, regulatory bodies, other companies, and governments to bring this vaccine forward.
Our success was made possible in part due to Pfizer’s longstanding history in vaccine research, development, and delivery, which dates back more than a century.
Today, while clinical and real-world data still show that existing COVID-19 vaccine options can help protect against the virus, we are continuing to follow the science and exploring new vaccine approaches that may be needed as the pandemic evolves. In the meantime, we believe that the one of the best safeguards against the spread of COVID-19 is getting all eligible people up to date with their vaccination schedule.
Oral treatment for eligible patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and at high risk of progressing to severe illness
In early 2020, recognizing the urgency and escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, we assembled a committed, multidisciplinary team and initiated a clinical program to support the development of an oral treatment, specifically designed to help inhibit the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 virus).
Pfizer researchers identified our most promising candidate—an oral protease inhibitor—to progress into clinical studies and, ultimately, received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the treatment of eligible adult patients diagnosed with COVID-19 at high risk of progressing to severe illness. Additionally, it has been approved or authorized for conditional or emergency use by many regulatory authorities around the world.
Manufacturing and access to COVID-19 vaccine and treatment
Since 2020, we have continued to scale up our at-risk manufacturing efforts to expand vaccine and treatment access to different populations, based on local authorization or approval. Billions of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccines and tens of millions of oral COVID-19 treatment courses have been distributed to countries around the world.
We remain committed to working toward broad, equitable, and affordable access to Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine and Pfizer’s oral COVID-19 treatment for eligible patients around the world and are working with governments and other appropriate partners on a tailored approach.
- Why do we need both COVID-19 vaccine options and oral treatments?
While vaccines are one of the best ways individuals can help reduce their risk of infection, COVID-19 cases are still possible, and some people are at high risk for severe illness. Therefore, it is important that we have access to testing and treatment options for individuals that are diagnosed with COVID-19. This is why both vaccines and treatment options are necessary to help reduce the burden of COVID-19 disease.
- If I’m vaccinated and have COVID-19, can I take an oral treatment?
COVID-19 oral treatments may be right for you if you are at high risk of progressing to severe illness. Talk to your doctor for individual medical advice.
- Why should I get vaccinated if I am eligible to take an oral treatment option if I test positive for COVID-19?
Clinical and real-world data show that COVID-19 vaccines can help protect against COVID-19, particularly against the risk for severe disease and hospitalization. However, if you do get sick or infected, you should speak with your doctor about treatment options as soon as possible.
- Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine while taking the COVID-19 oral treatment?
Your best resource for individual medical advice is your doctor.
- Can we end the pandemic with both COVID-19 vaccine and treatment options?
COVID-19 is highly unpredictable, and we believe that vaccination, testing, and treatment for eligible patients play coordinated, critical roles in helping to protect people, along with other broad interventions.
Being informed is a crucial step in helping to keep yourself and your loved-ones healthy. Keep up with Pfizer’s latest COVID-19 developments.
Emergency Use Authorization
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (2023-2024 Formula) has not been approved or licensed by FDA, but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA, under an EUA to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for use in individuals 6 months through 11 years of age. The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of the medical product under Section 564(b) (1) of the FD&C Act unless the declaration is terminated or authorization revoked sooner. Please see EUA Fact Sheets at www.cvdvaccine-us.com
U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization Statement
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the emergency use of PAXLOVID for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg) with mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death.
PAXLOVID is authorized only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of PAXLOVID under 564(b)(1) of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.