Researchers prepared for multiple anti-COVID-19 pills to be approved

An FDA panel voted to recommend emergency use authorization for Merck’s COVID-19 pill.

UNDATED (WKBT) – An FDA panel voted to recommend emergency use authorization for Merck’s COVID-19 pill.

The company believes the drug will have similar effects against any coronavirus variant.

Pfizer is also seeking approval of their pill.

The FDA panel’s vote isn’t binding, but the agency usually follows the committee’s recommendations.

With multiple antiviral pills likely available soon, researchers still have work to do.

“We need to learn which one if any is better; which one to use; where, when and why; what the side effects are,” said Mayo Clinic infectious disease consultant Dr. Andrew Badly.

Studies have shown both pills cut the chance of hospitalization and death in high-risk patients.