Pharmacies in Egypt started receiving shipments of the first drug to treat the coronavirus, on Tuesday, local media reported.
The drug is manufactured by Eva Pharma, and treats moderate and critical cases infected with coronavirus.
The Scientific Committee to Combat Coronavirus at Egypt’s Ministry of Health agreed earlier to include the “Molnupiravir Eva Pharma” drug, under the treatment protocol of coronavirus at hospitals, before agreeing to put it in public pharmacies.
One capsule of the drug contains 200 mg of the active substance. The patient takes eight capsules of the drug daily, four capsules in the morning and four others in the evening, over five days.
The reports revealed that the price of the package is LE420.
The pandemic returns
Coronavirus cases are on the rise again, the Advisor to the President of the Republic for Health and Prevention Affairs, Mohamed Awad Tag Eddin, said on Thursday.
The symptoms of the current coronavirus mutant are simple and similar to colds, he added.
Most cases of infection with the virus and its variants range between mild and moderate at about 90 percent or 95 percent of the total infections, according to Tag Eddin.
Only five percent or eight percent of cases need hospitalization, he explained.
The average number of deaths from the coronavirus in Egypt is between four and five cases per day, Acting Minister of Health and Population, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, said in a statement on the official page of the ministry, last week, adding that the cases infected with the virus and are isolated do not need more than six days of home isolation before recovering.
Egypt started giving the fourth booster dose to those who got the three doses without the need for prior reservation to receive the vaccine, he added.