Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer declared Friday that its antiviral COVID-19 pill, when controlled related to a generally utilized HIV drug, cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% in virus patients.

The starter results from the preliminary were positive to the point that a free board of specialists suggested that the study be ended so the drug can be proposed to the general public sooner, the drugmaker said.

The company will present the data “straightaway” to the Food and Drug Administration to look for emergency authorization for the pill.

“The present news is a genuine game-changer in the global efforts to end the destruction of this pandemic,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in an assertion.

“These data propose that our oral antiviral applicant, whenever supported or approved by administrative specialists, can possibly save patients’ lives, decrease the severity of COVID-19 contaminations, and kill up to the vast majority of hospitalizations.”

The pill is the second of its sort, after Merck last month submitted data to the FDA and requested the office for an emergency authorization from its pill, called molnupiravir. Yet, in view of the fundamental data, Pfizer’s pill seems, by all accounts, to be much more compelling than Merck’s.

Both the Pfizer and Merck pills are planned for the most part for high-risk patients, who are more seasoned or have comorbidities that make them bound to turn out to be seriously debilitated from COVID-19.

The present moment, Gilead’s remdesivir, sold under the brand name Veklury, is the main antiviral endorsed for the treatment of COVID-19 by the FDA, however it’s given by intravenous mixture and is expensive. A simple to-oversee pill could widen access.

Pfizer said the data on its pill, which will be sold under the brand name Paxlovid, comes from a preliminary of 1,219 patients who had a fundamental ailment and a laboratory-affirmed disease inside a five-day period.

A big part of the patients were given the trial pill inside three days of manifestation beginning and contrasted and patients who got a placebo treatment.

Pfizer reported the data in an official statement and has not yet distributed the fundamental data with the goal that it tends to be audited by autonomous scientists.

Shares of Pfizer took off in excess of 9% in premarket trading on the news. The stock was most recently seen trading at $47.81 per share.

Simultaneously, shares of Merck fell just about 8%.