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Antivirals not the first line of defense against COVID-19 - Fauci

While developments made in the manufacturing of antiviral drugs for treating COVID-19 patients are important, they are still not the first line of defense against the virus, President Biden's Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci told reporters on Wednesday.

Reflecting on medical trials of drugs including Merck and Ridgeback's Molnupiravir and Pfizer's Paxlovid that put the efficiency of the latter in decreasing hospitalizations and fatal outcomes in patients at 89%, Fauci cited preventing infections through increasing vaccination rates as the White House's main priority.

"The only 100% decrease in risk comes with not get infected in the first place," Fauci said, emphasizing the importance of unvaccinated citizens getting the first shot, and everyone else getting the booster dose.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / TT