UNICEF signs supply agreement with Pfizer for oral COVID-19 treatment

22 March 2022

UNICEF has signed a supply agreement with Pfizer for the procurement of up to 4 million treatment courses of the new oral antiviral medicine nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (PAXLOVID™) in 2022.

UNICEF procurement of nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (PAXLOVID™) is dependent on country demand, clinical recommendations and necessary approvals.

In December 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the use of nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (PAXLOVID™) for the treatment of mild to moderate cases of COVID-19. Nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (PAXLOVID™) is currently under assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO).

This agreement will help ensure that low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have timely access to this novel COVID-19 therapeutic. Supply will be made available for procurement and delivery to 95 LMICs, which includes some upper-middle income countries. UNICEF will work closely with WHO and Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) partners such as The Global Fund and Unitaid to ensure equitable access to nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (PAXLOVID™).

UNICEF continues to work with ACT-A partners and industry to facilitate equitable access to COVID-19 therapeutics.

Media contacts

Musu DeShield Mitchell
Communication for Development Specialist
UNICEF Liberia
Tel: +231.(0)881.800.005-8 or +231.(0)770.267.003, (0)770.267.006-7 ext 7112
Tel: +231.(0)770.267.112 (mobile)
Mostafa Omar
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Liberia
Tel: +231 (0) 881.800.005 ext 7110
Tel: +231 (0) 770.267.110 (mobile)


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