WDH / Stiko boss Mertens: ‘Medicines and vaccinations are urgently needed’

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RAVENSBURG (dpa-AFX) – The chairman of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), Thomas Mertens, believes that vaccinations are still necessary even after new Covid drugs have been approved. “Medication for treatment and vaccination for prophylaxis are urgently needed and important independently of each other,” he emphasized in an interview with the “Schwäbische Zeitung” (Wednesday). The federal government has the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer one million packs of the Covid drug Paxlovid ordered. Mertens is confident that further corona drugs will follow.

According to the Stiko boss, doctors must make sure that the new drug does not take any other drugs that could cause undesirable side effects due to the active ingredient ritonavir.

The EU Medicines Agency EMA is examining the market approval of the drug against Covid-19 from the manufacturer Pfizer. The US pharmaceutical company had submitted the corresponding application for approval, the EMA announced on Monday in Amsterdam. The drug Paxlovid is intended to prevent serious illness after a corona infection in patients aged twelve and over./skf/DP/jha


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