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According to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, an orally ingest-able pill to fight COVID when the illness is first detected could be available to the public by the end of 2021.

Bourla told CNBC on Tuesday that the antiviral drug is expected to be effective against variants of the virus as well. He added that being able to take the treatment at home to fight COVID would be a "game changer."

Newsmax reports:

The antiviral pill is part of a class of medicines called protease inhibitors and works by inhibiting an enzyme the virus needs to replicate in human cells. Protease inhibitors are also used to treat other viral pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C.

If clinical trials go well and the Food and Drug Administration approves it, the drug could be distributed across the U.S. by the end of the year, Bourla told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Researchers hope the medication, taken at first detection, will keep the disease from progressing and reduce the need for hospitalizations.

In addition to the drug, Pfizer is still testing its vaccine in 6-month to 11-year-old children. Vaccinating children is crucial to ending the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials and infectious disease experts say, according to CNBC.

Neither me or my family will be getting the vaccine. It is a personal medical choice. I do not believe the vaccines are safe. However, I think that an antiviral to fight the illness is great news that could help a lot of people.

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