U.S. To Spend $3.2 Billion On Treatments For COVID-19 And Other Viruses

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP, File)



The White House has committed $3.2 billion to antiviral pills and treatments for COVID-19 and other viruses. The new investment was unveiled during a White House briefing on Thursday.



Officials said the funds will be used to advance development of several treatments for viruses, which have pandemic potential. This includes Coronavirus, Ebola, West Nile and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.



The U.S. has so far only approved one antiviral drug known as Remdesivirv for the treatment of COVID-19. While this drug is administered intravenously to hospitalized patients, health experts have increased calls for an oral treatment individuals can take right at the onset of symptoms.


The White House confirms it has already committed to buying 1.7 million doses of an experimental antiviral pill from Merck if proven to be effective and safe.


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