A COVID-19 pill could soon fill a gap in our pandemic response that vaccines can’t overcome

Antivirals would be “one more piece of the larger puzzle of solving the COVID problem,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, the director [and founding dean] of the public-health program University of California, Irvine, who is not involved with the research. But Boden-Albala said she was worried the public-health system wouldn’t be equipped with widely available rapid testing and an easy way to quickly write and dispense prescriptions for the millions of patients in the US with the virus.