Daily cases of COVID-19 have increased in recent weeks. The highest case was reported on Saturday (16/7/2022), Mother. A total of 4,329 positive cases since the appearance of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5
The emergence of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant does add to the concern. This is because this subvariant is said to be much more infectious than the previous Omicron variant. Not long ago, a study published in the journal Nature again revealing one fact related to Omicron BA.5. It shows that BA.5 is four times more resistant or resistant to the COVID-19 vaccine.
The study found that the subvariant was resistant to the mRNA-type vaccine, which includes the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and Moderna.
However, along with a significant increase in cases, the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM RI) recently approved a new COVID-19 drug for Corona patients. The drug is Paxlovid in the form of tablets made by Pfizer.
Paxlovid consists of Nirmatrelvir 150 mg and Ritonavir 100 mg. This COVID-19 drug has proven to be useful in preventing the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, Mother.
“The approved Paxlovid is a film-coated tablet in the form of a combipak, consisting of Nirmatrelvir 150 mg and Ritonavir 100 mg with an indication for treating COVID-19 in adults who do not require supplemental oxygen and who are at high risk of progression to severe COVID-19,” said the Head of the Indonesian POM Agency, Penny K Lukito in a written statement received detikcom, recently.
According to the BPOM report, the results of phase two and three clinical trials showed Paxlovid had 89 percent efficacy in adult COVID-19 patients who were not hospitalized with comorbidities (comorbidities), so they were at risk of developing severe disease.
Comorbidities associated with this increased risk include old age, obesity, current smoking, history of heart disease, diabetes, or kidney problems, Mother.
However, BPOM will continue to monitor the distribution of drugs to prevent their illegal use. The COVID-19 medicine must be taken based on the doctor’s recommendation.
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