Pfizer Announces Brand New Partnership To Provide Coronavirus Pill To Low-Income Countries
Pfizer made a huge announcement on Tuesday concerning a brand new agreement with Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) that will enable the company to permit its new COVID pill treatment to be made and sold in countries that likely wouldn’t have been able to afford the treatment otherwise.
The deal features the pharmaceutical company partnering with MPP, “a United Nations-backed public health organization working to increase access to life-saving medicines for low- and middle-income countries.”
Through this new agreement, MPP will now be able to “facilitate additional production and distribution of the investigational antiviral, pending regulatory authorization or approval, by granting sub-licenses to qualified generic medicine manufacturers, with the goal of facilitating greater access to the global population.”
A brand new report from the folks over at the New York Times, everybody’s absolute favorite liberal rag, says the group “reached a similar deal with Merck for its Covid antiviral pill, molnupiravir, to be made and sold inexpensively in 105 poorer countries.”
In a statement about the arrangement, Pfizer said it will allow other companies to provide its COVID pill, along with ritonavir, with which it is administered, to 95 countries, which would include up to around 53% of the population of the world.
The company went on to say that “[t]his includes all low- and lower-middle-income countries and some upper-middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as countries that have transitioned from lower-middle to upper-middle-income status in the past five years,” adding that it “will not receive royalties on sales in low-income countries and will further waive royalties on sales in all countries covered by the agreement while COVID-19 remains classified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization.”
“Pfizer remains committed to bringing forth scientific breakthroughs to help end this pandemic for all people. We believe oral antiviral treatments can play a vital role in reducing the severity of COVID-19 infections, decreasing the strain on our healthcare systems and saving lives,” Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer said when speaking about the medication and the new deal to provide the treatment to low in come countries. “We must work to ensure that all people – regardless of where they live or their circumstances – have access to these breakthroughs, and we are pleased to be able to work with MPP to further our commitment to equity.”
“This license is so important because, if authorized or approved, this oral drug is particularly well-suited for low- and middle-income countries and could play a critical role in saving lives, contributing to global efforts to fight the current pandemic,” Charles Gore, Executive Director of MPP went on to say. “[The COVID pill] is to be taken together with ritonavir, an HIV medicine we know well, as we have had a license on it for many years, and we will be working with generic companies to ensure there is enough supply for both COVID-19 and HIV.”
As previously reported by The Daily Wire, Pfizer announced results from an interim analysis reportedly showing its new pill designed to treat COVID-19 minimized the risk of death or hospitalization by 89%.
In an announcement, the company stated at the time:
- PAXLOVID™ […] was found to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% compared to placebo in non-hospitalized high-risk adults with COVID-19
- In the overall study population through Day 28, no deaths were reported in patients who received PAXLOVID™ as compared to 10 deaths in patients who received placebo
- Pfizer plans to submit the data as part of its ongoing rolling submission to the U.S. [Food and Drug Administration] for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) as soon as possible
Well, would you look at that?
Pfizer is not only making truck loads of cash from the COVID vaccine, they now have a pill treatment for the coronavirus that will no doubt help bring in even more ridiculous amounts of money for the company.
You know, Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies like them are riding the COVID pandemic for all it is worth. It’s almost like these companies have a vested interest in keeping the pandemic going, doesn’t it?
Could that be what’s really behind the insanely intense push for folks to take the vaccine?