A drug called remdesivir is the first drug approved by licensing authorities in the US to treat the coronavirus, and has been shown to help people recover faster from the disease. Production of the drug, manufactured by pharmaceutical company Gilead, will take time, of course. It will take even longer for the people in the EU, UK, Brazil, Italy, and other countries to get the drug … at least three months. WHY? Because Donald Trump has greedily hogged every dose the company will make for July, and 90% of what they will manufacture in August and September, leaving virtually none for any other nation!
Alex Azar, head of the Department of Health and Human Services had this to say …
“… Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorised therapeutic for Covid-19. To the extent possible, we want to ensure that any American patient who needs remdesivir can get it. The Trump administration is doing everything in our power to learn more about life-saving therapeutics for Covid-19 and secure access to these options for the American people.”
The “American people”??? What about the rest of the people in the world??? The people in the U.S. are no better, no more deserving than those in France, Ghana, or Brazil!!! What Trump has done is to doom people all around the globe in order to gain accolades from the people of this country to boost his own chances at re-election. Plain and simple … he doesn’t care about people – any people – but is only thinking of himself and his bid for re-election! And no doubt there are some in this country who will vote for him simply because of this.
The United States, though having just over 4% of the world’s population, has nearly 26% of the total cases worldwide and 25% of the deaths from coronavirus worldwide. That is largely a result of Trump’s bungling ever since the first cases of the virus hit the U.S. in January, his attempt to pretend that nothing was wrong, that the coronavirus was no more than the common cold, and that it would simply disappear overnight. It is also a result of the arrogance of the people of this nation who refused to take proper precautions, and who even now are so eager to return to “having fun” that they are putting us all at risk.
However, simply because Trump screwed up, and just because the people of this nation aren’t too bright sometimes, is no reason for us to scoop up every dose of a medication that can help people!!! We are no better … let me repeat that … WE ARE NO BETTER … than any person in any other country, and we are damn sure no more deserving of this drug than our friends in the UK or Germany!
Donald Trump has done a lot of truly horrible things in his 3+ year tenure, but this is by far the very worst thing he has done.
The drug, remdesivir, is under patent to Gilead, which means no other company can make it. Experts are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider implications, for instance in the event of a vaccine becoming available. The Trump administration has already shown that it is prepared to outbid and outmaneuver all other countries to secure the medical supplies it needs for the US. This is all part of Trump’s “America First” ideology, but let me tell you … this is, whether some like it or not, a much larger world than “America”, and the people in this country are no more deserving than the people in any other country!
I can tell you that if by some chance I were to contract the coronavirus, I would refuse the drug remdesivir … I would tell the doctors to send my dose to the UK or Brazil. I would rather die honestly than know that I had taken a drug, and in so doing deprived someone else of their life.
I am more ashamed today of this nation than I ever have been before. I feel that each and every one of us owes a huge apology to the people in every other nation on the globe. I hang my head in shame for what this country has done, for the horrible way in which we have treated our friends and allies.