When will antiviral COVID-19 treatments be available?

While new data are emerging about the effectiveness of antiviral pills, these medications are not currently available in the U.S. Advisors to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are slated to meet on November 30 to discuss emergency use authorization for a pill developed by Merck, and Pfizer plans to submit data to the FDA to apply for authorization.

The CDC continues to recommend that everyone age 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine, and recommends booster doses for some people. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect people from becoming infected, getting severely ill or dying from COVID-19, and spreading the virus.

Added November 15, 2021