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B.C. becomes 1st province in Canada to pay for Paxlovid

By admin May31,2024

British Columbia is the first province in Canada to be paying for the COVID-19 medication Paxlovid.

The federal government has told all provinces it will no longer be paying for the drug used to treat COVID-19. Other provinces are moving the drug to the pharmacare program.

Paxlovid is an anti-viral medication approved by Health Canada in January 2022 for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19 outcomes.

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The medication is recommended for people at higher risk of serious illness and hospitalization and treatment must begin within five days of the start of symptoms to be effective.

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In addition, a COVID-19 booster remains available in B.C. for those most at risk of severe illness or complications and for those who have not yet received an updated vaccine dose.

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However, anyone who feels they would benefit from an additional dose of the XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine can contact the call centre at 1-833-838-2323 to book an appointment or walk into a pharmacy where the vaccine is available, the government said in a release.

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