Fauci Calls Merck’s Experimental COVID-19 Pill ‘Really Quite Impressive’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci praised an experimental antiviral capsule that its producer stated can cut back COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths by 50% in individuals lately contaminated with the coronavirus.

The White House chief medical adviser stated on Sunday that the preliminary research outcomes launched over the weekend for drugmaker Merck’s COVID-19 capsule are “really quite impressive.”

“You have now a small molecule, a drug that can be given orally. And the results of the trial that were just announced yesterday and the day before are really quite impressive. I mean, if you do a statistical significant analysis on it, it’s very, very significant, cutting the deaths and hospitalization by 50%,” Fauci informed Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”

“Importantly, in the placebo versus the drug group ― in the drug group, there were zero deaths. In the placebo group, there were eight deaths. … No matter how you slice that, that’s impressive. So we’re really looking forward to the implementation of this.”

After Merck releases constructive preliminary outcomes of a brand new antiviral drug, Dr. Anthony Fauci notes it may decrease the chance for hospitalization or loss of life for somebody contaminated with COVID by 50%.

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The capsule, known as molnupiravir, works by interfering with the coronavirus’s skill to repeat its genetic code and reproduce itself. Patients with delicate to average COVID-19 who have been thought-about larger danger for extreme illness took the capsule twice a day for 5 days to finish a course of remedy. An impartial group of medical consultants monitoring the trial advisable stopping early as a result of the interim outcomes have been so robust.

The outcomes haven’t been peer reviewed by exterior consultants, however Merck officers stated they plan to submit the info for review by the Food and Drug Administration within the coming days. If authorized, the U.S. authorities has dedicated to buying 1.7 million doses of molnupiravir, in accordance with The Associated Press.

As efficient as Merck’s drug could also be, Fauci harassed that it’s by no means a substitute for the COVID-19 vaccine, which is the simplest means for individuals contaminated with the illness to stop hospitalization and loss of life.

“That’s such a false narrative, that someone says, ‘Well, now you have a drug,’” he informed Karl. “Remember, the easiest way to stay out of the hospital and not die is don’t get infected. I mean, this idea about, ‘We have a drug, don’t get vaccinated’ just doesn’t make any sense.”

The FDA has authorized one antiviral drug, remdesivir, particularly for COVID-19, and has given emergency use authorization to 3 antibody therapies that assist the immune system struggle the virus. But all of these medication are given by IV or injection at hospitals or medical clinics, and provides are stretching skinny.

Health consultants like Fauci have lengthy known as for a extra handy capsule that sufferers may take when first beginning to expertise COVID-19 signs, much like how the usual flu remedy Tamiflu helps struggle influenza. If authorized, molnupiravir can be the primary capsule proven to deal with COVID-19 within the U.S. as instances fall, however the loss of life toll reaches 700,000.

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