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Utopia Talk / Politics / Trump just saved 500000 Americans
Average Ameriacn
Member
Tue Jun 30 16:48:09
Now we can open up the USA again!


Tuesday 30 Jun 2020 9:06 pm
The United States has hoarded almost the entire next three month’s supply of breakthrough coronavirus drug remdesivir for itself. Donald Trump’s administration has bought the next 500,000 doses of the anti-viral treatment from manufacturer Gilead, leaving none for the rest of the world.

That represents Gilead’s entire production run for July, and 90% of all the remdesivir it will manufacture throughout August and September. A total of 140,000 doses were previously given to drug trials across the world which established the treatment’s success.

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar hailed the buy-up Tuesday, saying: ‘President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorized therapeutic for Covid-19.

‘To the extent possible, we want to ensure that any American patient who needs remdesivir can get it. The Trump administration is doing everything in our power to learn more about life-saving therapeutics for Covid-19 and secure access to these options for the American people.’


The pharmaceutical giant first devised it as an ultimately unsuccessful treatment for Ebola, and now plans to charge American patients $3,200 for six doses. White House immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci announced remdesivir had been approved as an emergency treatment in April.

It cannot cure or prevent Covid-19, but hospitalized patients given the drug were found to recover 31% faster than those who weren’t. Remdesivir also helped reduce the proportion of hospital patients who died of coronavirus from 11% to 8%.

Research teams across the world continue to work on a vaccine that can prevent coronavirus. Earlier this month, British scientists revealed that the steroid dexamethasone also works as an effective coronavirus treatment.

The drug is 60 years old, cheap and widely available.

America has seen a huge spike in coronavirus cases in the last two weeks, with states which rushed to reopen including Texas, Florida and Arizona all experiencing record one-day diagnosis numbers.

The US has seen over 2.6million coronavirus diagnoses, with close to 130,000 people killed by Covid-19.
jergul
large member
Tue Jun 30 17:31:15
Sounds fair. The US is the only country that can both afford the medicine and needs shorter duration hospitals stays to delay the point when its ICU capacity collapses.

The medicine helps with hospital bed turnover, not health outcomes.

For better health outcomes, see 6 dollar a day steoroid treatment that limits the tachyon storm that kills or cripples people.
Seb
Member
Tue Jun 30 17:58:22
tachyon storm?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCARADb9asE
Habebe
Member
Tue Jun 30 18:07:54
Seb , Never seen the video before, havmt heard that song though for at least 20 years.

Also even with the "s" on your post YouTube give me an easy button by just touching the link.
jergul
large member
Tue Jun 30 18:29:39
seb
hrhr

I still know that song mostly by heart :D, though I think the spillover is actually from B5. I recently rewatched the series with a few friends and lots of margaritas over the course of a year.

Cytogene*

Seb
Member
Tue Jun 30 18:47:17
B5 was so good. 5 year arcs are common now, JMS basically invented them. I hadn't appreciated how much of the thing he wrote. I suspect though it would need the margaritas to hold up for a re-watch: production value and graphics having moved on, I imagine bits of it probably feel a bit like a stage play now.

Still love that bit towards the end when Londo turns to Vir and says something like "When I was young, I had all the choices and no power, and now I have all the power, and no choice. No choice at all."
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