Podcast: Pfizer's Head of Medicine Design Discusses the Newly Authorized Anti-Covid Pill

Charlotte Allerton, a chemist who is Pfizer's Head of Medicine Design, shares why Paxlovid is a significant breakthrough for the treatment of new COVID infections.


The "Making Sense of Science" podcast features interviews with leading medical and scientific experts about the latest developments and the big ethical and societal questions they raise. This monthly podcast is hosted by journalist Kira Peikoff, founding editor of the award-winning science outlet

This month, Pfizer's Head of Medicine Design shares timely insights on this important breakthrough, including how the pill works, the impressive results of the recent studies, its encouraging profile against Omicron, its expected ability to be effective for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and why it could alter the trajectory of the pandemic in 2022.

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Kira Peikoff

Kira Peikoff was the editor-in-chief of from 2017 to 2021. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Nautilus, Popular Mechanics, The New York Academy of Sciences, and other outlets. She is also the author of four suspense novels that explore controversial issues arising from scientific innovation: Living Proof, No Time to Die, Die Again Tomorrow, and Mother Knows Best. Peikoff holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and an M.S. in Bioethics from Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young sons. Follow her on Twitter @KiraPeikoff.