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Covid-19 antiviral pills not likely to arrive before April

Health chief says several types of the newly developed pill which are an alternative to injections have been ordered.

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Health chief says several types of the newly developed pill which are an alternative to injections have been ordered.

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Newly-developed Covid-19 pills are slated to be delivered to Macao at the end of this quarter at the earliest.

Leong Iek Hou, who heads the Health Bureau’s (SSM) Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Division, said that it had purchased several kinds of the newly-developed antiviral pills for the treatment of the novel coronavirus disease, adding that one of them is slated to be delivered to Macao at the end of the current quarter at the earliest.

According to Leong, medicines that are given by injection for the treatment of the novel coronavirus disease are currently available in Macao’s public medical system for Covid-19 patients in need. There are two types of the Covid-19 injections, one for those with mild or moderate symptoms and the other for those suffering a serious condition, Leong said.

Covid-19 patients in Macao, regardless of having symptoms or being asymptomatic carriers, are transferred to either the Conde de São Januário Hospital Centre – Macao’s only public hospital – or the SSM’s Public Health Clinical Centre in Coloane for isolation treatment.

Leong also said that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) drugs for the treatment of the novel coronavirus disease are also available in Macao’s public medical system, adding that the TCM drugs, which are manufactured in the mainland, can help stop the condition of seriously-ill Covid-19 patients from further deteriorating.

In related news, a 50-year-old, triple jabbed local woman who arrived from Hong Kong on Monday and tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday is being treated in isolation. Her case was classified as imported and asymptomatic, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

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