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Pfizer seeks FDA authorization for COVID-19 antiviral pill

Pfizer Antiviral Pill
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- An antiviral pill could be the latest answer for Colorado Springs doctors and the rest of Southern Colorado battling COVID-19.

Pfizer says it's seeking emergency authorization for the new version of the COVID-19 vaccine, an oral drug called Paxlovid.

The pharmaceutical company says Paxlovid can protect people from the most severe symptoms of COVID-19. This antiviral pill could cut the chances of hospitalizations and deaths in adults with a high risk of disease by nearly 90 percent. If Paxlovid is approved, the pill can be taken as an early at-home treatment against the virus.

According to Pfizer, Paxlovid is ready for mass production, if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives approval, signing a deal allowing approved manufactures to make the pill.

This mass production of Paxlovid can open up treatment opportunities to more than half of the world's population.

Based on the preliminary results of a study conducted by Pfizer, less than one percent of COVID-19 patients who took the pill needed to be hospitalized, and there were no deaths -- that's compared to the seven percent of people who were offered a placebo, where some deaths did occur.

"The overwhelming efficacy achieved in our recent clinical study of Paxlovid, and its potential to help save lives... underscores the critical role that oral antiviral therapies could play in the battle against COVID-19," Pfizer said.

As of now, only 60 percent of El Paso County is fully vaccinated from COVID-19.

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15 Comments

    1. I know I won’t be taking them. Why is it so difficult to make ethical medicine? See my post below.

  1. For those that care, Paxlovid used fetal cell lines MRC-5 and Vero-6. Molnupiravir used humanized mice. The mice were humanized by using fetal tissue from an aborted baby’s lung and thymus. I’ll post a link below that summarizes this and provides links on that site to the studies.

      1. Why do you believe what that particular website says, when you won’t believe what many others say? Is it because it happens to align with your preconceived opinion?

        1. Excuse me Check? you mean why won’t we believe your websites? And don’t believe what you say? And it doesn’t align with your preconceived notion? You don’t get to chose what we believe or what our preconceived notions may be…first of all…they are not preconceived to us only to you who continually spouts we are wrong. You will not change how we respond because you believe you are on a higher intellectual plane than us. You are not! So keep responding with your “truths” and we will ours. Just because you say it doesn’t make it so…have a great day…Love ya Check!

        2. If you had gone to the site and clicked on the sources for the studies, it would have taken you to
          https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349172933_SARS-CoV-2_infection_is_effectively_treated_and_prevented_by_EIDD-2801

          and

          https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.09.12.293498v3.full

          which are studies from where my above source quoted.

          Furthermore, I would ask that you don’t personally attack me. I don’t personally attack you. Don’t make a55umptions. I’m not Roman Catholic, but I tip my hat to them because they know how to do research. You don’t know what sites I believe or don’t believe. I do like to share information because I would want to have as much information as possible before I made a choice; so I treat others the way I want to be treated. You do what you want with the information. If you don’t care, so be it, but others might which is another reason why I share the information.

        3. My comment is awaiting moderation. I don’t know why. I wasn’t rude. I didn’t use bad words. So…
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          1. What’s truly sad is that the pharmaceuticals did not have to go about medicine this way. Why is it so difficult to make ethical medicine? I know people that got vaccinated and then found out later about how it was made and/or tested. They feel very deceived. I myself was going to get the J&J shot until my eldest daughter warned me, “Mom, double check the vaccines. I heard that they used aborted babies.” I thought to myself that surely that was just conspiracy theories. I was horrified. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. My heart is so saddened by how pervasive the use of fetal cell lines and aborted baby parts are in developing new pharmaceuticals. Have we as a society lost all conscience? I saw more outrage over the beagle experiments.

  2. Sad Little Man: http://www.bit chute.com/…/K9KPO3kqnb9S
    No space between b and c when you post it thanks to our simpletons….
    Enjoy Check!
    Others too…quite enjoyable vid!

  3. Since this is an “Emergency” the government should suspend all patent issues and let EVERYONE produce this drug as a generic.

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