Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged lawmakers to redirect unspent stimulus money allocated by Congress under the CARES Act to provide targeted support to parts of the U.S. economy that have been hardest-hit by the pandemic. “I hope that Congress will seriously consider reallocating $580 billion of funds that have already been appropriated that wouldn’t cost taxpayers an additional penny,” he said in a phone interview on Thursday, as cited by Bloomberg. Mnuchin suggested the unspent funds could be used to help small businesses in the entertainment, travel, and restaurant industries, as well as to extend unemployment insurance. “I believe it will have a significant impact for people whose businesses have been impacted by COVID—they can then get through to the beginning of next year when we will have vaccines broadly…
The treatment involves combining remdesivir with the inflammatory oral drug baricitinib for patients two years of age or older who need supplemental oxygen, invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), according to the FDA.
Remdesivir is an anti-viral, administered intravenously, previously approved by the FDA for use in CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus patients 12 years of age or older. It is sold under the brand name Veklury.
Baricitinib blocks the activity of certain enzymes, interfering with pathways that lead to inflammation. Sold under the brand name Olumiant, the drug was earlier approved by the FDA for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
“Under today’s EUA, the FDA is authorizing the emergency use of baricitinib, in combination with remdesivir, for the treatment of certain hospitalized patients with suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19,” health officials said.
“Today’s action demonstrates the FDA’s steadfast efforts to make potential COVID-19 treatments available in a timely manner, where appropriate, while continuing to support research to further evaluate whether they are safe and effective,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn in a statement.
The FDA’s decision came after it conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, which compared the use of remdesivir plus baricitinib, versus remdesivir and a placebo. The results, which the FDA says are statistically significant, showed faster recovery for CCP virus patients who used the drug combination and reduced the likelihood of patients dying or having to be ventilated.
The FDA’s emergency use decision is part of the agency’s Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program, “which uses every available method to move new treatments to patients as quickly as possible, while at the same time finding out whether they are helpful or harmful.”
Treatments being studied fall into several categories: antiviral drugs, immunomodulators—which aim to tamp down the body’s sometimes dangerously severe reaction to CCP virus infection, antibody therapies—including blood-derived products like convalescent plasma, as well as cell and gene therapies.
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Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley responded to threats of punishment towards Trump staff and supporters by political speakers on the far left. Shirley called these鈥攖hreats of “tortious interference.” “Tortious interference has been a law since before the Constitution.” A form of tortious interference is when someone improperly interferes with a business relationship or transaction between a person and a third party. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) requested on Twitter that Trump appointees and supporters be listed and recorded. From NTD News Focus News: Trump Backers Threatened With Blacklist