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US buys up almost entire world supply of COVID-19 drug Remdesivir

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Stiltskin, Jul 1, 2020 at 9:29 AM.

  1. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

  2. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    I'm starting to hope that the science behind this as a cure changes, and it turns out he's wasted his money...;)
  3. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    I want to say that this news was a surprise, but somehow it wasn't.
    The way things are going there, they'll need it.
    However, it is of somewhat limited use in that it slightly reduces the recovery time. Not a miracle cure, then.
    Jolly_Roger15 likes this.
  4. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Remdesivir would get people out of hospital more quickly, reducing the burden on the NHS, and might improve survival, although that has not yet been shown in trials, as it has with the other successful treatment, the steroid dexamethasone. There has been no attempt to buy up the world’s stocks of dexamethasone because there is no need – the drug is 60 years old, cheap and easily available everywhere.

    There is a way for the UK to secure supplies of this and other drugs during the pandemic, through what is known as a compulsory licence, which overrides the intellectual property rights of the company. That would allow the UK government to buy from generic companies in Bangladesh or India, where Gilead’s patent (the drug manufacturer) is not recognised.
  5. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

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  6. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Anyone might think Trump is after votes ....
  7. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    It's the same sort of story we had with Covid testing kits and with PPE. When the chips are down, it is every country for itself and to hell with everwhere else.

    Yes, fortunately the NHS should be able to use that loophole.
  8. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I'm sure he'd sell some of it back to us at a very fair price, if we asked nicely and took the chlorinated chicken too.
  9. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    To be fair, they'll need it more than anyone else.

  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    50,000 new cases per day.
  11. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Arguably we're as bad, depending which report you read. And aren't American schools still planning to 'bubble and distance' pupils in the 'Fall Semester'? Unlike other countries we might mention...
  12. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    "The Department of Health said ' Thanks to the decisive action of the UK Government to secure supplies of promising coronavirus treatments in advance, we have enough stock of remdesivir to treat every NHS patient who needs it".
    UK buys up every tablet they can = "decisive action to secure supplies".
    US buys up every tablet they can = crime against humanity. Or something.
  13. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    I don't think anyone on this thread has criticised the US action.
  14. Bobbbs

    Bobbbs Occasional commenter

    Not sure why people are speculating that it doesn't work. Trials have already shown it does work, and the drug's history would indicate that it would. It's pretty pointless for mild to moderate cases. Its main usage is at risk oxygenated patients and ventilated patients.

    As for the US's behaviour, well what do you expect? Trump's a ******* clown running the circus.

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