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Wuhan Virus Watch: FDA Reportedly Will Approve Remdesivir for Treatment of COVID-19

Wuhan Virus Watch: FDA Reportedly Will Approve Remdesivir for Treatment of COVID-19

Gov. Cuomo asks MTA to disinfect subway trains daily. Firms test UV light treatments. NIH offers explanation for $3.7 million bat research project.

Today’s update starts out with fantastic news that there is a treatment for COVID-19 that has been shown effective in controlled testing.’

White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that data from a coronavirus drug trial testing Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir showed “quite good news” and sets a new standard of care for Covid-19 patients.

Speaking to reporters from the White House, Fauci said he was told data from the trial showed a “clear-cut positive effect in diminishing time to recover.”

Fauci said the median time of recovery for patients taking the drug was 11 days, compared with 15 days in the placebo group. He said the mortality benefit of remdesivir “has not yet reached statistical significance.”

The Food and Drug Administration is poised to give a thumbs-up for its emergency use.

The US Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved any drugs for the treatment of the coronavirus. But it plans to announce an emergency-use authorization for remdesivir, according to The New York Times. The authorization could come as soon as Wednesday, The Times reported, citing a senior administration official.

In a statement to CNN, the FDA said it is in talks with Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir, about making the drug available to patients.

“As part of the FDA’s commitment to expediting the development and availability of potential COVID-19 treatments, the agency has been engaged in … discussions with Gilead Sciences regarding making remdesivir available to patients as quickly as possible, as appropriate,” FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said in statement.

Governor Cuomo asks MTA to disinfect subway trains daily

New York City’s subways are a veritable coronavirus paradise.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus update Wednesday that he is asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City to come up with a plan to disinfect all subway trains on a daily basis. Cuomo said the MTA has until Thursday to deliver.

Cuomo called the request “a tremendous undertaking that has never been done before,” but said it is necessary so that essential workers using the subway can get to work safely. “Any essential worker who shows up and gets on a train should know that the train was disinfected the night before. We don’t want them to stay home. We owe it to them to be able to say, the train you ride, the bus you ride has been disinfected and is clean,” he said.

On Wednesday night, the MTA issued emergency regulations to strengthen its code of conduct for the city’s subway system. The new rules say “no person is permitted to remain in a station for more than an hour” and “no person can remain on a train or on the platform after an announcement that the train is being taken out of service.”

Firms test UV light treatments that Trump was mocked for mentioning

Maybe the subway system would benefit from the use of UV light technology.

President Trump has been mocked relentlessly for suggesting that ultraviolet light could be brought “inside the body” to kill the coronavirus, but there is ongoing research to do just that.

For example, the pharmaceutical firm Aytu BioScience announced on April 20, four days before the Trump remarks, that it has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The center has developed and is testing a UV-A “Healight” designed to be inserted via a catheter inside the trachea to kill pathogens, including the coronavirus.

Additionally, there is a unit designed for use in planes.

Dimer UCV Innovations created a UV-C-emitting cleaning machine called GermFalcon for the airline industry in 2014 – but it’s only with the coronavirus that demand has really taken off.

“We didn’t want it to take a pandemic to create the demand in this industry. That’s the situation we’re in and we’re building our units as quickly as we can,” said Elliot Kreitenberg, president and cofounder of Dimer UCV Innovations.

He did not give details on sales of the unit, but said use of the machine had been offered to the industry for free during the pandemic.

GermFalcon is a food cart-sized robotic tool that is pushed down the aisle of the plane. Mechanical wings expand and emit UV-C light onto cabin surfaces.

NIH offers an explanation for $3.7 million bat research project at pandemic origin center, Wuhan

The National Institute of Health is now explaining why it sent millions of taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Virology Institute.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s chief infectious disease specialist, was the latest to fan the debate when he mentioned the grant during a White House briefing without offering many details.

Officials at the National Institutes of Health and Fauci’s own division there, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), say there is far less to the story than meets the eye.

First off, the United States didn’t give all the money to China. And secondly, it had nothing to do specifically with COVID-19. Rather, it was a multi-year grant dating back six years to study coronaviruses like Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and others in Asian bats in China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar, officials said.

“The grant you are referencing is a multi-site, multi-country project supporting research that aims to understand what factors allow coronaviruses, including close relatives to SARS, to evolve and jump into the human population and cause disease (called a spillover event),” NIH told Just the News.

Trump set to travel to Arizona next week amid a push to lift coronavirus restrictions

The President is heading out to Arizona to begin pressing states to reopen.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans to travel to Arizona next week, leaving the confines of Washington for the first time in more than a month as the administration begins pushing states to ease coronavirus restrictions that have crippled the U.S. economy.

The White House is arranging plans for the president to visit a manufacturing plant that makes masks, senior administration officials said. They did not identify the precise location or day of the visit.

“I think I’m going to Arizona next week. We look forward to that. And I’m going to, I hope, Ohio very soon,” Trump told reporters during a roundtable discussion with business executives from companies including Hilton, Waffle House and Wynn Resorts.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 30, 2020 at 1:07 pm

Shut the NYC Super-Spreader Tubes down.

Once a day for it is like changing the baby’s diapers once a day.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | April 30, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    If SHUT DOWN for the rest of the country is dictated….
    But the New York Dictators refuse to shut down the NYC subways?

    Tells you what this FAKE DEM PANIC is ALL about.

    Subways – We’re going to put you under!!!!!!

    Sanitizing the New York subway is like shoveling back the ocean: even if you could do it, it’ll roll right back in with the next high tide. Sanitize a train at 6 a.m., yet thoroughly contaminated an hour later.

    Besides, why think small? Why not sanitize the whole city? Every elevator (and every elevator button), every stairwell railing, every lobby, every door handle …

    Not to mention NYC promptly reduced the number of subway cars when ridership dropped off, so their clients would still be crammed in face-to-face.

      Milhouse in reply to georgfelis. | May 3, 2020 at 2:46 am

      Not true. The MTA has been running as many trains as it has crews for. The reduction in service is entirely due to staff being off sick.

    They can’t shut the subways down. The essential workers have to get to work. They’re now going to shut from 1am to 5am, so they can clean the whole system once a day, and provide buses or taxis for the 12,000 or so riders who need it during those hours. But that’s all they can do.

    The main advantage is that the bums who live on the trains will be rousted out at 1am, and will have to go somewhere else. As someone who used to take the subway every day, I can tell you that that problem became much worse and more visible immediately in the New Year. The police were at wits’ end dealing with it, because the city had tied their hands.

This is an IV dispensed drug which costs beaucoup bucks

Now I see what the problem is with Chloroquine. It is a generic drug. No money to be made. Remdesivir is still on Patent. Lot’s of money to be made.

Even the esteemed Dr. Fauci cautioned against being over optimistic with this drug as it had about a 30% effective rate. Sorry, I’m not signing on to this drug as any cure. I’ll guarantee that hydroxychloroquine has a success rate twice that of Remdesivir.

    Ulysses in reply to Redneck Law. | April 30, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    The poster above pointed out that Chlorquine is generic, so there is no money to be made. It could have a higher efficacy rate, but many are determined to knock it down.

      Props to dystopia. I was probably looking up how to spell ’Remdesivir’ when the post was made.

      ronk in reply to Ulysses. | April 30, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      actually one of the better things about it is the fact the side effects are well know or 99.9% well known, the remdesvir are not, will be have a new thalidomide case, I can’t remember the RA drug that was taken off the market because it caused a higher rate of heartattacks then ‘normal’


Remdesivir: Great, I’m glad it seems to help and the FDA is green-lighting its “off-label” use (Remdesivir was developed to treat ebola, not any form of coronavirus) for COVID-19 patients.

However, what the f@#$ was wrong with hydroxychloroquine, that it’s “off-label” use (it’s a malaria drug, primarily) was panned by the FDA and 90% of doctors in America? The doctors that have tried it have generally reported positive results. It’s also cheap and readily available as a generic, unlike Remdesivir, which is in trial phase and supply is extremely limited.

(That’s why: no money for Big Pharma, and “saving lives” be damned.)

NYC Subways: How in the Hell are they just now starting to sanitize subway cars? Why is this not done as a matter of course? And why didn’t they start daily cleanings the second a pandemic broke out?

The “leaders” of New York and the MTA need to be held criminally responsible for every COVID-related death of a subway rider. “Negligent homicide” should cover the wanton and deliberate disregard for human life. This is unacceptable … except, apparently, in NYC; a majority of New Yorkers will doubtless re-elect every last one of them rather than chance a Republican replacement.

    rdmdawg in reply to Archer. | April 30, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Gov. Cuomo was too busy shipping body bags and Kung Flu-infected patients to nursing homes to pay attention to the subways, are you crazy?

    Milhouse in reply to Archer. | May 3, 2020 at 2:53 am

    They were santizing the subway cars, but without shutting the system down for a few hours it was impossible to do it all every day. Cuomo just decided to do that. (De Blasio has nothing to do with the subways, so none of the blame for that is on him. But he is responsible for the police, and therefore for the orders they got in the new year not to deal with the bums on the subways.)

The National Institute of Health is now explaining why it sent millions of taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Virology Institute.

I don’t see an explanation, let alone a satisfactory response. I see at most a restatement of the question.

sets a new standard of care for Covid-19 patients.

This rhetorical governmentese sleight-of-hand is just a step (albeit not an entirely negligible step) above “worthless.”

As for the subways, well, I don’t think it’s any great mystery why New York is the American disease epicenter. It’s a giant ant farm. And public transportation is a disease circulatory system. Where I am—not the Big City, but not exactly a desert either—I never have occasion to pack in as tightly as they do routinely in the subway.

    I don’t see an explanation, either. I missed that the first time reading.

    What I see is this: “The grant you are referencing is a multi-site, multi-country project supporting research that aims to understand what factors allow coronaviruses, including close relatives to SARS, to evolve and jump into the human population and cause disease (called a spillover event),” NIH told Just the News.

    So a $3.7 million dollar grant was issued to research exactly what just happened?

    Did we just pay $3.7 million to see 60,000 of our own citizens killed in a global research experiment?

    Because that’s one of the impressions I’m left with, and nothing they’re saying is easing that concern.

    Especially the part about how “more work needs to be done.” The final experiment is to study the “spill-over” from human-wildlife contact, not laboratory contact. Are we going to see another global pandemic?

    ronk in reply to tom_swift. | April 30, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    “As for the subways, well, I don’t think it’s any great mystery why New York is the American disease epicenter. It’s a giant ant farm. And public transportation is a disease circulatory system. Where I am—not the Big City, but not exactly a desert either—I never have occasion to pack in as tightly as they do routinely in the subway.”

    here is something no one addresses, what if the ‘vector’ from the black death is back, the RAT

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to tom_swift. | April 30, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Wonder what Toronto’s Wahun rates are….

    They have much used and sardine packed mass transit, subways and buses, also.

The one thing not addressed in the use of remdesivir are the side effects. The reason for this is because they are largely unknown. The drug has not been used, at all widely, in human beings, only in animals. Human testing has shown significantly increased enzymes, which may be associated with liver malfunction, as well as reduced red and white blood cell counts. And, it only slightly reduces the course of the illness by about 25%. For this reason, it is only being used in extremely ill [hear terminal] COVID-19 patients. It is no where near a practical treatment for mild to moderate cases.

Sad to say it, but fauci is a hack. The man has not had an original thought in his career. Worse, he follows the swamp line.

PDJT: replace him.

healthguyfsu | April 30, 2020 at 2:56 pm

This remdesivir crap is one of the most morally corrupt decisions I’ve ever seen by the FDA and that’s saying something.

I’ve never had a problem with big pharma because they spend a lot to get new drugs to market and develop things that otherwise would never get developed if we were on a socialist scheme like EU (who, of course, benefit off of the piggybacking from all of our ingenuity and capital investment).

However, in this situation, I hope everyone involved from public and private sector fries for this crap.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to healthguyfsu. | April 30, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Remember how one of the first, upfront statements of President Trump in the 1st presser was that the FDA was Broken?

    He repeated that several times in a row.
    I interpreted it as “corrupt.”

I sure hope someone is looking at Fauci’s portfolio to see if he is invested in the drug maker. They accused Trump of being invested in HCQ … turnabout is fair play and all that …

Not sure I’ve ever met the Dr. who wasn’t invested in pharmaceuticals and tried to talk me out of generic meds for the “more effective” patented varieties.

There is a study from Italy, that lupus and arthritis patients numbering some 50K, and on the Trump cure drugs have a China virus infection rate of near zero. No ICU, no deaths.

healthguyfsu | April 30, 2020 at 3:39 pm

If our system were fair and the cronies were out of the regulation business (the FDA), then there could certainly be a great market for more HCQ. A generic or even big company could ramp up production quite a bit and charge a little more to meet demand and find a fair middle. They don’t need a lot to make a profit as most of the legwork for safety has been done. It’s just about efficacy trials at this point and the early pilot data are already available.

Don’t forget that HCQ needs to be used with zinc and a zpac. And the best results seem to happen early in the C19 illness.

This is a video from early March that talked about the reason why HCQ and zinc works.

The entire series is pretty good.

    jb4 in reply to Liz. | April 30, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Using the HCQ combo “early” on Covid may be like the treatment of bacterial meningitis. If you give the Standard Of Care, antibiotics, too late the patient will still likely die. That kind of situation may helps explain the results of that worthless VA study (although that also had other serious defects in it).

So help me out here N.Y. folks. The subways are just now, April 30, being cleaned on a daily basis and it took the Gov to get it done? I would presume that the operation of the subways would be under the same cleaning guidelines as every other operating ‘essential’ entity, so does that mean the MTA wasn’t following the guidelines or is it merely the first entity to be issued guidelines regarding cleaning?

This is basic prevention measure one. Between this and forcibly placing covid positive patients back into nursing homes when every public health professional was stating from the outset the need to protect the elderly, it seems as if N.Y. is trying to infect people. Damn we are over six weeks into this mess and just now it occurs to clean the subways?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to CommoChief. | April 30, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    You got it figured out – deliberately infect.

    Milhouse in reply to CommoChief. | May 3, 2020 at 3:01 am

    The subways will be cleaned daily, starting on the 6th. Until then they’ve been cleaned approximately every 3 days. As far as I know there is no guideline on how often essential facilities must be cleaned; it depends on the facility’s nature and on how often it’s possible to clean it. It’s basically impossible to clean the whole subway system daily without shutting it down for a few hours, so they’re going to start doing that, and provide other options for the 12K or so who need it then.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 30, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Believe it or not – at least it will make you think new thoughts.

Dr Buttar Accuses Fauci, Gates & The Media For Using COVID-19 To Drive Hidden Agenda

Fauci has been carrying serious water for Gilead. Surely remdesivir should be a second-line treatment, after hydroxycloroquine.

CaptScientist | May 1, 2020 at 8:16 am

New York City to come up with a plan to disinfect all subway trains on a daily basis….

Gee, cumo, diblasto after 13000 deaths you finally get around to the main cause of the spread in NYC….and it was “Trump’s Fault”

Sternverbs | May 1, 2020 at 8:32 am

The Wuhan-Democrat Virus…

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Sternverbs. | May 1, 2020 at 10:12 am


      This is a not-so-dry run for what’s next. The next one will be a little (or maybe, a lot) worse and the benevolent government will have to take MORE drastic measures to save the taxpayers from themselves. It will be so bad (eventually) that our Fearless Leaders will have to implelement a Universal Basic Income to keep us from having to go outside. I believe that was the plan all along with Global-Climate-Warming-Change but that turned out to be BS so they had to come up with something else.


notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 1, 2020 at 10:47 am


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