As the national death toll rose to over 700,000 in October, Drs. Anthony S. Fauci, a consultant on President Biden’s epidemic, stressed the need for 70 million Americans eligible for vaccinations during an interview Sunday morning. shows.
“Many of those deaths were preventable but many, many are preventable, preventable and in the future will be preventable,” Drs. Fauci, who is also director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at CNN’s State of the Union. .
Dr. Fauci was interested in the development of Merck’s new anti-inflammatory drug, describing it as “extremely important.” Announcing the outcome of its clinical program last Friday, Merck said the pill was able to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from infection by half.
But he also warned Americans not to wait for injections because they believed they could take the pill. While a new drug may reduce a person’s risk, the best preventive measure is to prevent infection, he said.
Merck said it would seek immediate approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its drug, called molnupiravir, as soon as possible. Pills may be available by the end of this year.
Dr. Fauci pointed to a significant difference in how many people died during Merck’s clinical trial, with eight between the placebo group and none between those taking the drug. “This is fantastic, so we look forward to the realization of this and its potential for people with HIV,” he said.
The federal government has placed pre-orders of 1.7 million dice for the new drug. But Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner under President Trump and a member of the Pfizer board, said the money was “insufficient” at CBS ‘Face the Nation, which has only infected one month in the Southern states since the Delta split. . He also compared that number with the international figures for flu treatment, which he said amounted to tens of millions.
Initially, Drs. Fauci rejected the idea that government officials did not get enough of the medicine, saying they had put a “good bet” on treatment.
“We have millions of options,” he said at the launch, predicting that the company will be further developed to meet demand in the United States and globally.
Dr Fauci also expressed hope that the country is now experiencing a decline in crisis, indicating a break from the epidemic. “We are on the cusp of this increase,” he said during an interview on “This Week” on ABC News.
But he declined to comment on whether people would be able to assemble freely this coming Christmas, saying on CBS News that “it has become a matter of urgency.”