15 Sep 2021

Covid-19: 'Gamechanger' medicine not approved for NZ

From Morning Report, 8:20 am on 15 September 2021

The government is being asked to hurry up and buy a type of drug that can fire up the immune system of people already sick from Covid-19.

Different from vaccines, Monoclonal antibodies boost immunity to help prevent symptoms from getting serious.

Already approved in Europe, the US and Australia, they are being labelled a "gamechanger" for at-risk populations.

In July, the Ministry of Health referenced one type as promising but as yet there's been no approval from Medsafe and no buying by Pharmac.

Jordan Bond reports.