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U.S. to invest in COVID-19 treatments


A bottle of remdesivir Associated Press/Photo by Zsolt Czegledi/MTI (file)

U.S. to invest in COVID-19 treatments

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday announced the country will spend $3.2 billion on the development of antiviral pills. The drugs could treat COVID-19 but also other dangerous viruses. Fauci said few treatments exist for viruses that could cause pandemics such as Ebola, dengue, West Nile, and Middle East respiratory syndrome.

What treatments are there? One antiviral, remdesivir, already has U.S. approval to treat COVID-19, but must be given intravenously. The U.S. previously said it would purchase 1.7 million doses of an experimental antiviral pill, molnupiravir, from Merck. Pfizer, Roche, and AstraZeneca are testing other antiviral drugs. So far, the United States has spent about half the amount of money on treatments for COVID-19 that it spent on vaccine development.

Dig deeper: Read reports from Dr. Charles Horton about other drugs being tried out against COVID-19: ivermectin and dexamethasone.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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John Ronning

You refer to Charles Horton's article on Ivermectin from way back in February - Ivermectin should be the biggest story in the world right now - it's got all the themes that Christians should be concerned about - rich greedy people crushing the poor, trying to keep from the public a cheap, effective, life saving medicine that works for both prevention and cure at all stages of the disease (including long covid), so that vaccine makers can make billions of $ off of experimental drugs that are the most dangerous vaccines ever approved, the continuation of a phony emergency that is being used to destroy our economy, etc. flccc.net, https://covid19criticalcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/The-Drug-that-Cracked-Covid-by-Michael-Capuzzo.pdf , Merck lying about Ivermectin while trying to develop their own expensive anti-viral https://joyce-kamen.medium.com/merck-its-truth-telling-time-4496d9af9ca1#_=_ , https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/i-dont-know-bigger-story-world-right-now-ivermectin-nytimes-best-selling-author

Nanamiro

Why did it take over a year of death and destruction for Fauci and our other medical leaders to consider TREATING Covid, instead of letting the bodies stack up until we had a vaccine? This is an atrocity.
Every possible treatment should have been encouraged over the last year, not discouraged as Fauci, the CDC and others (including Big Tech) were doing.

John RonningNanamiro

An Emergency Use Authorization could not be granted for the vaccines if effective therapeutics were available, so they had to be suppressed and a "vaccine only" approach followed to the benefit of Moderna, Pfizer, etc. Meanwhile, poor countries with wise leadership looked for cheap drugs that could be repurposed and given to their people. The largest state in India, Uttar Pradesh (230 million people) started using Ivermectin massively last August, and even with their recent problems, has a mortality just 1/40th of ours in the US, with very little vaccination. Meanwhile the death and disability toll from the most unsafe vaccines in history mounts weekly. https://www.openvaers.com/covid-data/mortality