Pfizer says its COVID-19 pill ‘Paxlovid’ cuts disease’s worst risks by 89%

Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill may cut severe illness by 89%, says the company.

The oral medicine is called Paxlovid. Pfizer says that its drug showed good results when administered within five days of the first COVID-19 symptoms. All COVID-19 treatments in the United States currently require IV or injection

Pfizer announced that its pill (Paxlovid) to treat COVID-19 was found to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% among high-risk adult patients in a clinical trial.

The vaccine-maker said there were no deaths reported in patients who received Paxlovid along with another antiviral through day 28 of the study; whereas 10 deaths were reported in patients who received a placebo.

Similar reductions in COVID-19-related hospitalization or death were observed in patients – who were unvaccinated with mild to moderate symptoms – treated within five days of symptom onset.

Pfizer plans to submit the data to the FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA) as soon as possible.

At the medical concierge practice of Dr. Yael Vidal, we monitor these positive developments and we bring them to the attention of patients who seek a Concierge Doctor near Palm Beach, as these important news are of interest to our patients and to the entire community.

Vidal Medical Concierge is located in Palm Beach County and provides concierge medicine services to a variety of people who need a concierge doctor in Jupiter as well as nearby areas.

Conveniently located in Juno Beach, Vidal Concierge is headed by Dr Yael Vidal who is a board-certified internist, and serves also patients who want a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens or in North Palm Beach.

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CDC releases highly anticipated guidance for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19

The CDC has issued fresh guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinated population. It is the first guidance from the CDC for those who are fully vaccinated against Coronavirus

The federal health agency said that those who are fully vaccinated can spend time with unvaccinated people indoors, with no mask, so long as those who are unvaccinated are at low-risk for severe COVID-19.

Two weeks after the second dose of vaccine by Pfizer or Moderna, or the single-dose for those receiving the vaccine of Johnson & Johnson, fully vaccinated persons can gather inside with other fully vaccinated people without wearing face masks or physical distancing, the CDC said, calling these indoor gatherings “likely low risk.”

Also, indoor gatherings involving fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people from a single household at low-risk for severe COVID-19, with no mask use, presents a “low risk” of virus transmission.

In gatherings with fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people from multiple households, everyone should wear a mask and practice distancing.

Regardless of vaccination status, everyone should avoid medium-to-large-sized gatherings indoors. If fully vaccinated people decide to partake, they should wear masks, practice distancing and wash hands often.

“These fresh guidelines were highly anticipated”, explains Dr. Yael Vidal of Vidal Medical Concierge, a primary care concierge practice who often advises patients seeking a concierge doctor in Jupiter or in the nearby Juno Beach. “It is the first time that the CDC advises on what fully-vaccinated people should do, or should not do; and these guidelines are indeed helpful to patients, especially as the vaccinated population increases gradually, day by day.”

Dr. Vidal explained that many residents of Palm Beach County, particularly those who search for a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens or in nearby neighborhoods or areas, are often inquiring at Vidal Medical Concierge with regard to which safety measures that should be following. The new guidelines from the CDC can definitely assist in providing answers to the already-vaccinated portion of the community in Jupiter, in Juno Beach, as well as in North Palm Beach and adjacent regions.

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CDC advises states to prepare to distribute Covid-19 vaccines in “late October”

Interesting news this week, as the CDC has notified public health officials around the United States to prepare to distribute a potential CoronaVirus vaccine as soon as “late October”. The CDC has also provided planning scenarios to help states prepare, and used the terms “Vaccine A” and “Vaccine B” in its communications.

Apparently, the CDC has hinted that the COVID-19 vaccines supply “may be constrained”; and has further advised the states on who should get vaccinated first, namely, healthcare professionals, essential workers, national security “populations” and long-term care facility residents and staff.

At the Concierge Physician practice of Vidal Medical Concierge, we monitor the developing updates about COVID-19 and associates risks, as well as the Covid-19 vaccinations being developed and the CoronaVirus cure and medicines that are also being developed. Dr. Yael Vidal of Juno Beach and Jupiter is an experienced Internal Medicine physician, providing high-quality Concierge Medicine care to her patients. Do not forget to check out her website, at www.VidalConcierge.com, for more information.

Moderna Vaccine Produces Antibodies in Trial of Older People

Moderna Inc. presented new data from an early trial that provides the first evidence that its COVID-19 vaccine stimulates the immune systems of older people.

In a phase 1 trial, Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine produced “consistently high levels” of neutralizing antibodies (a key component of the body’s protective response) in older adults. Antibody levels in people over 55 years old were comparable to those seen in younger adults.

The findings are important because older adults often do respond as well to vaccines as younger adults.

Here at Vidal Medical Concierge, we continue to monitor closely the most-recent news about attempts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Headed by Dr. Yael Vidal, our Concierge Medicine practice in Juno Beach serves the residents of neighboring Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, and nearby areas.

If you are considering to look for a “Concierge Doctor Near Me“, as many patients do these days, do not hesitate to contact Vidal Medical Concierge to introduce yourself to Yael Vidal, MD MBA, who is a Board-Certified internal medicine Concierge Physician.

Saliva-based COVID-19 test developed by Yale scientists

A saliva-based laboratory diagnostic test was recently developed by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health, to determine whether someone is infected with COVID-19. The test has been granted an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

At the offices of Vidal Medical Concierge in Juno Beach, patients of the concierge physician Dr. Yael Vidal can perform in-office lab tests to detect COVID-19 infection, and can also do in-office lab test for COVID-19 antibodies.

If you are interested in joining the practice of an experienced Concierge Doctor, suitable for residents of Palm Beach County (e.g., Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach), then do not hesitate to contact us today to learn more about COVID-19 tests that are available to the patients of Vidal Medical Concierge.

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