Pfizer Board Member Predicts COVID Pandemic Over in the U.S. by January
Despite its announcement of new COVID pill, officials still pushing vaccinations.
I find it fascinating that after the drubbing the COVID-restriction embracing Democrats received this week, a board member from one of the entities that have prospered during the pandemic is now willing to put a date on the end of the pandemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic could be over in the U.S. by the time President Biden’s workplace vaccine mandates take effect in early January, Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Friday.
The vaccine requirements from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration take effect on Jan. 4 for any company with at least 100 employees. All affected workers must get either their second Moderna or Pfizer shot or one dose from Johnson & Johnson by that date or face regular testing for the virus.
“These mandates that are going to be put in place by Jan. 4 really are coming on the tail end of this pandemic,” said Gottlieb, who’s also a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. “By Jan. 4, this pandemic may well be over, at least as it relates to the United States after we get through this delta wave of infection. And we’ll be in a more endemic phase of this virus.”
In a way, it makes perverse sense. The Biden mandates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration kick in at that time, so the current occupant of the White House can declare victory.
Additionally, it appears that Pfizer has been very busy this Friday. The company also announced that its experimental pill to treat COVID-19 could cut rates of hospitalization and death by nearly 90 percent.
The New York-based pharmaceutical company said it is no longer taking new patients in a clinical trial of the drug ‘due to the overwhelming efficacy’ and plans to submit data to U.S. regulators soon.
‘We were hoping that we had something extraordinary, but it’s rare that you see great drugs come through with almost 90 percent efficacy and 100 percent protection for death,’ Dr Mikael Dolsten, Pfizer’s chief scientific officer, said in an interview.
…Pfizer’s candidate, which is called PF-07321332, belongs to a class of drugs known as protease inhibitors.
The pill would work by inhibiting an enzyme that the coronavirus uses to make copies of itself inside human cells.
Protease inhibitors have been effective at treating other viral pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C virus, both on their own and in combination with other antivirals, the company said.
Pfizer believes this class of molecules may provide well-tolerated treatments against COVID-19, as currently marketed therapeutics that work on the same lines have not reported safety concerns.
Protease inhibitors have been used to treat HIV have been known for some time. So, why is this treatment is now potentially hitting the market after 77% of the population has received vaccination?
And given the fact that for most people, the virus causes mild to moderate health impacts, why will vaccinations still be pushed after the new treatment options are added to the line-up?
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC on Friday that despite the company’s promising data on an antiviral oral Covid pill, vaccines and vaccine boosters are still important in the fight against the virus.
“The fact that we have a treatment is not at all a reason not to take the vaccine, in fact we should take the vaccine. Some unfortunately will get the disease,” Bourla said in an interview with “Squawk Box”.
The antiviral pills are “for people that already they got the disease. This is for sick people, the goal here is to prevent people from getting sick,” Bourla said. That’s where Covid booster shots come in, he added. “Boosters are needed because without them we will never get rid of this vicious cycle of the disease.”
Some people still experience harsh breakthrough infections and symptoms, and that’s where Pfizer’s new pill, if approved, would be most useful. “We need to get to herd immunity,” Bourla said.
Our experts have been off with their predictions and assertions throughout most of the pandemic. Let’s hope the New Year does usher in an era of better public health policy.
New Mexico has 85% of everyone over 12 at least partially vaccinated, compared to 79% in Colorado and 76% in Utah. They’ve also had a mask mandate for 2.5 months, while Colorado & Utah haven’t.
So uh, why are their case rates nearly identical?
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“By that point we will have squeezed as much profit as is feasible from these mandates and don’t expect sufficient uptake. We will be transitioning to a recommended or mandated booster program but would like the economy to recover to the point where we can get paid.”
Perhaps it’s more like, “By then the EUA will have run out so we will no longer inject people with that $#!+ without getting our butts sued off.”
And the existence of a therapy will shut down all competitors’ vaccine EUAs.
And no need for vax mandates. None!
They are extorting businesses now in order to push vax on employees. I am so angry!
I pray these businesses and employees stand strong.
Lawsuits – will they be in time?
I say it will take until the primaries start.
It’s already been over for a while besides the constant pumping of fear porn and paranoia over other people’s private business.
How much money does BIden, Kerry, Pelosi, McConnell, McCarthy, Harris and Fauci get from the profits?
I am willing to bet the price of a good lunch to plenty of Republicans are profiting from this as well.
I heard they were going to call the “new” drug Pfizervectin, but then decided against it because it was too obvious.
The ‘pandemic’ has been over for months. The liberal hypochondriac Karens just don’t want to admit it because then they couldn’t get their rocks off firing people for refusing their bullshit ‘vaccine’.
But, the pandemic will return whenever useful for the radical leftwing fascist Dems and their Big Pharma partners in oligarchic rule.
Protease inhibitors are successful as antivirals but they can be mutated against. I do hope they’ve found something good as it may work for more than just COVID 19…and that’d be good news for everyone on all sides of the political aisle.
That said…protease inhibitors do have lots of side effects in HIV patients. That could be because of how long they are taking them (rest of their life), but it’s still something to watch for. If this is a true antiviral against COVID it could open up some game changing opportunities in biomedicine for acute therapies against infections
For those comparing to ivermectin…not even the same thing. At non-toxic doses ivermectin is a neuroparalytic for microparasites. It is not an anti-viral. It mostly works by disrupting ion flows in excitable cells (nerves, muscles). Viruses don’t have ion channels and aren’t excitable cells, so those doses don’t apply. To even get any evidence of antiviral replication blockage, you have to basically megadose a cell culture with the stuff at levels that would kill or cause serious illness in most mammals.
I have nothing against Joe Rogan types taking it along with other stuff under dosages by a doctor (that’s what Rogan did…not JUST take ivermectin and he used a safe dose that was taken with a “why not” type attitude). However, I doubt that’s why he got better. He almost certainly got better from palliative care and being in pretty good general health pre-infection. Moral of the story is…if you want to take it, go for it, but don’t take it an assume it is a miracle pill.
One Joe Rogan is an anecdote; one Uttar Pradesh is a statistic.
Believe what you want, but as my fellow conservative brother I bet you to not rely solely on ivermectin if you catch a bad run of a COVID infection. We need you and others to vote, and if you die, you become a Dem auto-vote.
A good strategy against mutations would be a cocktail with molnupiravir, which works by an entirely different mechanism. Cocktail regimens have been used successfully against HIV and Hepatitis C.
The development of two promising small molecule drugs in less than two years and the development of several vaccines in less than a year is an impressive scientific achievement. When the pandemic began there was no guarantee that progress could be so rapid. Hats off to American scientific ingenuity.
Why, that’s just two weeks! 🤪🤣
I smell political collusion between Pfizer and Biden. The timing of Pfizer’s announcement cannot be a coincidence. It allows Biden to abandon the mandate in January after every big company in the US has already implemented it and millions have irreversibly taken the vaccine in anticipation, knowing that few of those companies will reverse course and that pretty much zero legal challenges against private vaccine mandates have been upheld since the Feds announced the existence of an unwritten covid exception to HIPAA. He gets the private sector to be his unconstitutional proxy and declare victory.
It will be interesting to see if Boris Johnson, Jacinda Ardern, and Scott Morrison change their messaging in response, because Johnson has been pushing the “winter surge” meme hard, and all three (especially the latter two) seem to be going full speed with turning their countries into biosecurity states.