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July 1, 2020

US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir

Filed under: Drugs, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 13:25

So much for having friends and allies around the world.   But I bet tRump shares his stash with Putin.   Hugs

No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at least

The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world.

Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider implications, for instance in the event of a vaccine becoming available. The Trump administration has already shown that it is prepared to outbid and outmanoeuvre all other countries to secure the medical supplies it needs for the US.

“They’ve got access to most of the drug supply [of remdesivir], so there’s nothing for Europe,” said Dr Andrew Hill, senior visiting research fellow at Liverpool University.

The drug, which was trialled in the Ebola epidemic but failed to work as expected, is under patent to Gilead, which means no other company in wealthy countries can make it. The cost is around $3,200 per treatment of six doses, according to the US government statement.

The deal was announced as it became clear that the pandemic in the US is spiralling out of control. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading public health expert and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Senate the US was sliding backwards.

“We are going in the wrong direction,” said Fauci. Last week the US saw a new daily record of 40,000 new coronavirus cases in one day. “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around,” he said. He could not provide an estimated death toll, but said: “It is going to be very disturbing, I guarantee you that.”

More at the link above.   Hugs


  1. I can’t help but wonder if this same action would have taken place under different leadership …

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    Comment by Nan — July 1, 2020 @ 15:40

    • Never.

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      Comment by Death of Democracy — July 1, 2020 @ 19:47

    • Hello Nan. I doubt it, I don’t think so. The other presidents valued the positive relationships with our allies and worked hard to get their willing cooperation for things important to the US national interests. The prior presidents did not bully our allies, like the current administration, to get the things the US would like to see. IMO Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — July 3, 2020 @ 06:40

  2. I can just picture it: a shady-looking character in a Fedora and trenchcoat, hanging out by the polling place on Election Day, with a nice collection of syringes laid out inside his coat, labeled “Official US Vaccine,” telling everyone “A vote for tRump is worth a shot!” Ya gotta vote for tRump if you want your vaccine!”

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    Comment by Dennis Cole — July 1, 2020 @ 15:40

    • Great image! (And way too close for comfort.)

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      Comment by Nan — July 1, 2020 @ 15:42

    • Hello Dennis. The perfect look for Low Barr, tRump’s new fixer. tRump is so desperate to be able to claim he solved and fixed the covid 19 problem, and because he is president the economy is open and better than ever. Give tRump another term as only he can give you the medication you need is what tRump will claim. tRump has not talked about the 130,000 plus dead just how he wants people to go back to stores and restaurants so the stock market looks good and the wealthy can keep raking in the money. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — July 3, 2020 @ 06:54

  3. Which Drump will then sell to the highest bidder.

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    Comment by Death of Democracy — July 1, 2020 @ 19:48

    • Hello Death of Democracy. Yes always the profit motive. But also he desperately wants to be seen as the savior who provides the cure, the treatment for the horrible disease that those godless evil people in China pushed on us. 🤑🤢🤮 Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — July 4, 2020 @ 07:20

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