Eine Person hält das Medikament Paxlovid vom US-Pharmakonzern Pfizer gegen Covid-19 in den Händen. +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Intensive care physicians are promoting increased administration of the corona drug Paxlovid to prevent serious Covid diseases and thus relieve the burden on clinics in Germany. “I actually believe that the stronger treatment with this drug could help fewer corona patients with a severe course to be treated in intensive care units,” said Gernot, President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI). Marx, the newspapers of the Funke media group.

Marx emphasized that the study data indicated that the administration of Paxlovid, especially at the beginning of an infection, could prevent a severe course. “If treatment with the drug is indicated and the patient wants it, doctors should do it more than before,” said the doctor. His hope is that this will prevent some of the serious progression of the disease.

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Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) announced a few days ago that he would make the corona drug Paxlovid the second pillar in the fight against the pandemic alongside vaccination. As a first measure, general practitioners can now have the drug in stock in their practice and give it directly to corona patients, Lauterbach told the “Spiegel”. The detour via the pharmacies is no longer necessary. A prescription should also be remunerated with 15 euros.

In addition to a vaccination officer, every nursing home should also appoint a Paxlovid officer who will take care of everything organizational. A supply of the drug should also be allowed to be stored there in the future so that it can be used quickly. So far, German general practitioners have been reluctant to prescribe the drug.

A week ago, the number of seriously ill people being treated with Covid-19 in intensive care units in Germany fell below 1,000 for the first time since the beginning of July. In an interview at the weekend, Lauterbach had not ruled out that an “epidemic situation” would have to be declared in winter due to the high number of infections.

Divi President Marx also called on the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) to quickly set clear rules for new vaccines against variants of the corona virus. “As soon as there are new vaccines that are also effective against the newer virus variants, I would like Stiko to quickly give us a recommendation as to which age and occupational groups it makes sense to administer the new vaccine,” said Marx Funke newspapers.