Israel began distributing the first coronavirus pills to at-risk patients with COVID-19 on Sunday with the aim of preventing them from becoming seriously ill with the virus.
Two health maintenance organizations prescribed Pfizer’s Paxlovid to a handful of patients. Each patient was given careful instruction by an HMO pharmacist on how to take the pills which were delivered to their homes.
Two of those selected were Simcha Newmark, 32, of Jerusalem and Ora Rosenzweig, of Ramat Hasharon. A video of Rosenzweig and comments from both patients were released to Hebrew media.
“I was very happy to receive the phone call where I was informed that I would probably be the first to receive the drug in the country,” said Newmark, a member of the Meuhedet HMO, adding that he was not feeling well since contracting the virus.