Fauci sees hope in new Merck drug

The independent review board that oversaw the study recommended ending it early because of the drug’s positive results, and Fauci said Sunday the data were “really quite impressive.”

“It reduces the chances of being hospitalized or dying for people to take this particular drug early on in their infection,” said Fauci of the drug, further describing what he saw as another highlight of the study.

“Among the deaths in the study, there were eight deaths in the placebo group and no deaths among those taking the drug,” Fauci said. “That is very impressive. We are therefore very much looking forward to the implementation and the effect on infected people. ”

At the same time, Fauci advised Americans who were hesitant to take the vaccine from relying on being able to take the drug instead of getting their Covid-19 vaccination: “You heard the numbers. [The drug] reduced the risk of hospital admissions and death by 50 percent. Do you know the way to reduce the risk by 100 percent? Don’t even get infected. “

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