According to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, an orally ingest-able pill to fight COVID when the illness is first detected could be available to the public by the end of 2021.
Bourla told CNBC on Tuesday that the antiviral drug is expected to be effective against variants of the virus as well. He added that being able to take the treatment at home to fight COVID would be a "game changer."
The antiviral pill is part of a class of medicines called protease inhibitors and works by inhibiting an enzyme the virus needs to replicate in human cells. Protease inhibitors are also used to treat other viral pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C.
If clinical trials go well and the Food and Drug Administration approves it, the drug could be distributed across the U.S. by the end of the year, Bourla told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
Researchers hope the medication, taken at first detection, will keep the disease from progressing and reduce the need for hospitalizations.
In addition to the drug, Pfizer is still testing its vaccine in 6-month to 11-year-old children. Vaccinating children is crucial to ending the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials and infectious disease experts say, according to CNBC.
Neither me or my family will be getting the vaccine. It is a personal medical choice. I do not believe the vaccines are safe. However, I think that an antiviral to fight the illness is great news that could help a lot of people.
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BLM Blast Pelosi for George Floyd Comments: ‘So Damn Disrespectful’
Following the guilty verdict for former officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanked Floyd for "sacrificing" his life for justice. Now Black Lives Matter activists are blasting her, calling her comments “so damn disrespectful.”
“This is so damn disrespectful. George Floyd didn’t choose to die @speakerpelosi. He was murdered by a killer cop operating through white supremacy,” wrote the official Black Lives Matter Twitter account, “There isn’t justice here”:
George W. Bush Reveals Who He Voted For in 2020 Election
There are many people who probably assumed that noted Never Trumper and establishment politician George W. Bush voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 eleciton. During an interview with People magazine, the former president revealed who he voted for: Condoleezza Rice.
"She knows it," Bush told the magazine, referring to Rice, . "But she told me she would refuse to accept the office."
Cincinnati Bar Won't Play NBA Games Until LeBron James is 'Expelled'
A West Side Cincinnati bar has announced that they will no longer show NBA games on their televisions due to the comments that LeBron James made about the fatal police shooting in Columbus.
Owner Jay Linneman said that they will resume showing games at Linne's Pub when James get "expelled" from the league.
MSNBC’s Reid: Gov. DeSantis Is ‘Modern-Day George Wallace’
Everything, and I mean everything, is about race when it comes to Democrats!
On Thursday, MSNBC host Joy Reid declared that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a "modern-day" version of segregationist Governor George Wallace. Her grossly false description is in response to the state's new anti-rioting law.
Biden Halts Fining Illegal Aliens, Cancels Their Debt
The United States is probably the only country in the world where you can break the law and be rewarded for it....at least when Democrats are in charge anyway.
According to reports, President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer fine illegal immigrants who refuse to leave the United States.
Maskholes: Pregnant, Nursing Mom Escorted from Church by Police for Not Wearing Mask
A pregnant Texas mother was escorted from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dallas and slapped with a trespassing warning, all for not wearing a mask like an obedient little sheep.
“I mean, you’re going to arrest a 28-year-old nursing mom who’s already socially distanced? I mean it proves that it’s not really about the health. It’s just about control,” said Deirdre Hairston.
Fauci: Wearing Mask is a 'Symbol' of Your Obedience
On Wednesday, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci said on CNN's "Newsroom" that he wearing a mask is a "symbol" of what we "should be doing" in public. In other words, wearing a mask shows just how obedient you are.
Fauci said, “I think we should be recommending it. As you know, I wear it whenever I’m outside. We can try and keep the usual distance, but sometimes it is out of your control. So there are some fundamental things that we can do, we’re very aware of and sensitive to the need to try and make those steps towards reopening."
Florida House Moves to Ban Abortions Based on Disability
Florida's House is moving to ban abortions based on disability. This means that doctors in the sunshine state will be banned from performing abortions if the woman getting the procedure is doing so because of a disability diagnosis of the baby.
If a doctor does perform an abortion based solely on physical or mental disability, then they will be guilty go a third degree felony, which is punishable up to five years in prison.