China in talks with Pfizer about generic COVID drug

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China is in talks with Pfizer Inc. to secure a license that would allow domestic drugmakers to manufacture and distribute a generic version of the US company’s COVID-19 antiviral drug Paxlovid in China, three sources said.

China’s medical products regulator – the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) – has been leading talks with Pfizer since late last month, according to one of the knowledgeable sources.

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Beijing would like to finalize the terms of the license agreement before the Lunar New Year which begins on January 22, the source said.

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