A test drug, Covid-1, prevented half of the infections that would otherwise have sent people to the hospital, a study released Friday found, promising that the virus could soon be treated with a pill.
Molnupirvir, an antiviral drug made by Merck & Co. and Miami’s Rizbak Biotherapeutics, was given to 385 people within five days of diagnosis. Another 377 volunteers who tested positive were given a placebo. All participants had at least one risk factor for severe COVID-19.
Of the participants who received Molnupirvi, 7.3% were hospitalized during the month-long trial. In the placebo group, 14% were hospitalized and 8 of them died.
A further 750 participants were supposed to be enrolled in the study, but an independent monitoring board decided that the drug was so effective that giving someone a placebo would be unethical.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, public health officials have been hoping for effective antivirals that can help prevent serious infections in people exposed to the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Several existing drugs were initially tested against the virus but showed no benefit for patients. Treatment of Covid-1 treat requires IV or injection for other types of therapy approved in the United States.
Dr De Y Y Lee, president of the Mark Research Laboratory, said the findings about Molnupirvi suggest that it is more effective against SARS-COV-2 than the commonly used antiviral Tamiflu.
The agency plans to apply for emergency use approval as soon as possible.
– Karen Weintrab
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3Today’s numberAccording to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 43 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and more than 697,000 deaths recorded in the United States. Worldwide total: more than 233 million cases and 4.7 million deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 184 million Americans – 55% of the population – have been fully vaccinated.
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The school board group asks Biden for help with the policing threat
A group representing school board members across the country on Thursday called on President Joe Biden to seek federal help in investigating and stopping threats on policies, including mask binding, comparing Vitriel to domestic terrorism.
The request by the National School Boards Association showed that during the epidemic, local education meetings across the country were inadvertently leveled, with board members regularly confronting and threatening disgruntled protesters.
“Whatever you think about masks shouldn’t reach this level of rhetoric,” NSBA interim executive director Chip Slaven told the Associated Press over the phone.
White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie said the responsibility for protecting the school board rests primarily with local law enforcement but “we’re looking into whether more can be done across the administration.”
The association has called on the federal government to engage in investigations into cases where threats or violence could be handled as a violation of federal law protecting civil rights. It called on the judiciary, the FBI, Homeland Security and the Secret Service to monitor the level of threat and assess the risk to students, academics, board members and school buildings.
The goal of the federal bill is to force travelers to show proof of vaccination
If the proposed bill becomes law on Wednesday, U.S. domestic passengers will soon have to prove that they are probably covid-free.
The U.S. Air Travel Public Safety Act, introduced by Sen. Diane Feinstein of California, requires all U.S. passengers to be fully vaccinated, fully recovered, or tested negative for coronavirus before boarding a domestic flight.
“We know that air travel during the 2020 holiday season contributed to the growth of the last winter destroyer Covid-1 sur,” Feinstein said in a news release on Wednesday. “We just can’t let it happen again.”
While it is common for international air travel to test or show proof of immunization, domestic U.S. air travelers do not have the same level of verification and selection.
Despite Democrats, the bill could face a tough fight to become law, with many behind the Kavid-1-related ordinance, with a small majority in Congress.
– Bailey Schulz, Don Gilbertson and Crystal Hayes