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The Gritty Nurse Podcast

Jan 20, 2022

In this episode, we speak with Infectious Diseases Physician Dr. Zain Chagla about new therapies, and how Omicron has changed the game. Canada has recently approved a new treatment for COVID-19, Pfizer's highly effective oral therapeutic Paxlovid Experts seem hopeful that this pill can help control a devastating Omicron-driven surge — if it's rolled out fast enough. What are the other therapies available now? We discuss monoclonal antibodies and other therapies that we can and should look to in the future. 

Dr. Zain Chagla is an Infectious Diseases physician and medical director of Infection Control at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at McMaster University.  Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Chagla has focused on local, provincial and national policy, participated in clinical trials, helped with outbreak management and public outreach, and has been a part of local and national media.  Dr. Chagla has also participated in helping with COVID responses and education in Central Afghanistan and Nepal.