October 8th, 2021 3-5PM ET
Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Merck’s COVID-19 pill could carry serious safety concerns, scientists warn Merck’s new COVID-19 pill, known as molnupiravir, headed for FDA review for emergency authorization, could potentially carry serious safety issues stemming from the method used to kill the virus, scientists warned, according to a report. The oral antiviral medication integrates into the genetic makeup of the virus, causing a large number of mutations to destroy the virus. However, some laboratory tests indicated the drug’s ability to cause mutations in genetic material of mammalian cells, theoretically causing cancer or birth defects, Barron’s reported. However, a Merck spokesperson told Fox News that tests in animals indicate otherwise: “The totality of the data from these studies indicates that molnupiravir is not mutagenic or genotoxic in in vivo mammalian systems,” a statement reads in part. Dr. Raymond Schinazi, professor of pediatrics and the director of the division of biochemical pharmacology at the Emory University School of Medicine, warned over NHC, the compound that molnupiravir turns into after it is ingested. He advised caution with widespread use until more data is available, due to its potential harm to young people of reproductive age or those who are pregnant. The Merck trial currently excluded pregnant women. An interim analysis released last week stemming from the MOVe-OUT global Phase 3 trial indicated the investigational antiviral drug reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by almost 50% compared to placebo for adult patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19.
Merck Sells Federally Financed Covid Pill to U.S. for 40 Times What It Costs to Make A five-day course of molnupiravir, the new medicine being hailed as a “huge advance” in the treatment of Covid-19, costs $17.74 to produce, according to a report issued last week by drug pricing experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and King’s College Hospital in London. Merck is charging the U.S. government $712 for the same amount of medicine, or 40 times the price. Last Friday’s announcement that the new medicine cut the risk of hospitalization among clinical trial participants with moderate or mild illness in half could have huge implications for the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Because it’s a pill — as opposed to monoclonal antibodies, a comparable antiviral treatment that is administered intravenously — molnupiravir is expected to be more widely used and, hopefully, will cut the death rate. In the first 29 days of the trial, no deaths were reported among the 385 patients who received the drug, while eight of the people who received a placebo died, according to the statement put out by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, the two companies that are jointly launching it.
Special Guest – Marlene Ivette
Special Guest – Johnathan Wagner
‘Big Tech has spoken: It’s time to end the debate about climate change.’ Google is accused of authoritarian behavior after announcing it will ban climate change deniers from making money from their YouTube sites Google was accused of authoritarian behavior after announcing YouTubers who deny climate change will be banned from making money on the tech giant’s platforms. In a controversial statement issued Thursday, Google, which owns YouTube, announced that advertisers and publishers, as well as YouTube creators, will be prohibited from making ad revenue off content that contradicts ‘well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change,’ Axios reported. ‘This includes content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.’ The company said it decided to ban climate change deniers from making money off its platforms in response to frustration from advertisers and content creators about their messages appearing alongside that of climate deniers. ‘Advertisers simply don’t want their ads to appear next to this content,’ the company said in a statement. ‘And publishers and creators don’t want ads promoting these claims to appear on their pages or videos.’
Google, YouTube to prohibit ads and monetization on climate denial content Google and YouTube on Thursday announced a new policy that prohibits climate deniers from being able to monetize their content on its platforms via ads or creator payments. Why it matters: It’s one of the most aggressive measures any major tech platform has taken to combat climate change misinformation. Details: Google advertisers and publishers, as well as YouTube creators, will be prohibited from making ad revenue off content that contradicts “well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change,” the company’s ads team said in a statement. “This includes content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming, and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.”Ads and monetization will still be allowed to run alongside other climate-related topics, like public debates on climate policy, impacts of climate change, and new research around the issue.
Los Angeles sheriff says he will not enforce vaccine mandate Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he will not force his employees to get vaccinated as required by a mandate the City Council passed on Wednesday. “The issue has become so politicized,” Villanueva said on Thursday. “There are entire groups of employees that are willing to be fired and laid off rather than get vaccinated, so I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5 percent, 10 percent of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate” The sheriff also cited the “defunding effort” and referred to it coupled with the vaccine mandate as “the worst of two worlds.” LA Sheriff Villanueva says that he will not enforce a vaccine mandate, saying employees are willing to get fired over it. “I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5, 10% of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate.” pic.twitter.com/9DNJTeJUoY On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance that would require customers to show proof of vaccination before entering venues such as indoor restaurants, salons and gyms.
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