Molnupiravir 3.0

This post is updated to include a link to the http://www.nature.com article on this drug’s development history.

A planned interim analysis of 775 patients in Merck’s study found that 7.3% of those given molnupiravir were either hospitalized or had died by 29 days after treatment, compared with 14.1% of placebo patients. There were no deaths in the molnupiravir group, but there were eight deaths of placebo patients.

Merck to Seek FDA OK for Its COVID Pill After Trial Stopped Earlyhttps://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960089?src=rss#vp_2

What we know — and don’t know — about Merck’s new Covid-19 pill

https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/04/what-we-know-and-dont-know-about-mercks-new-covid-19-pill/?utm_campaign=rss

Molnupiravir, on the other hand, gets incorporated into burgeoning RNA strands and, once inside, wreaks havoc. The compound can shift its configuration, sometimes mimicking the nucleoside cytidine and sometimes mimicking uridine. Those RNA strands become faulty blueprints for the next round of viral genomes. Anywhere the compound gets inserted and that conformational shift happens, a point mutation occurs, Plemper says. When enough mutations accumulate, the viral population collapses. “That is what we term lethal mutagenesis,” he adds. “The virus essentially mutates itself to death.” And because the mutations accumulate randomly, it’s difficult for viruses to evolve resistance to molnupiravir — another plus for the compound. But the compound’s mutagenic potential in human cells — the possibility that it could incorporate itself into DNA — does raise safety concerns, some researchers say.

How antiviral pill molnupiravir shot ahead in the COVID drug hunt — https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02783-1

Molnupiravir 2.0

A planned interim analysis of 775 patients in Merck’s study found that 7.3% of those given molnupiravir were either hospitalized or had died by 29 days after treatment, compared with 14.1% of placebo patients. There were no deaths in the molnupiravir group, but there were eight deaths of placebo patients.

Merck to Seek FDA OK for Its COVID Pill After Trial Stopped Earlyhttps://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960089?src=rss#vp_2

What we know — and don’t know — about Merck’s new Covid-19 pill

https://www.statnews.com/2021/10/04/what-we-know-and-dont-know-about-mercks-new-covid-19-pill/?utm_campaign=rss

mRNA Vaccination Induces Durable Immune Memory to SARS-CoV-2 with Continued Evolution to Variants of Concern

Twitter thread above. Link to the preprint study here:

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.23.457229v1

Is the race to reach herd immunity like chasing a mirage? — Science Chronicle

The emergence of highly contagious new variants, breakthrough infections even among the fully vaccinated and such people spreading the virus to others, and reinfections in the unvaccinated have made the race to reach the magical herd immunity threshold to successfully break the transmission chain and return to normal times looks like chasing a mirage. In […]

Is the race to reach herd immunity like chasing a mirage? — Science Chronicle

I Just Had my WOW Moment of the Weekend

WOW!

Protective heterologous T cell immunity in COVID-19 induced by the trivalent Measles-Mumps-Rubella and Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis vaccine antigens — Published:August 13, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medj.2021.08.004

There is a downloadable PDF of the study at the link above. Most of the terminology and research methodology is WAY above my pay grade but the conclusion is still a WOW.

My Only Other Comment on Severe Breakthrough Covid-19 Infections Post-vaccination (is actually a comment from Dr. Monica Gandhi)

Why isn’t our mainstream media reporting this data?

Why is our mainstream media obsessed with their focus on fear of variants and shame to encourage more vaccinations?

Why?

Covid-19 Vaccines and Myocarditis: Balancing Benefits and Risks in Adolescents and Young Adults — The Skeptical Cardiologist

Two days ago the FDA indicated it will add a warning about rare cases of myocarditis in adolescents and young adults to information sheets for the Pfizer/BioNTech, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. This followed a decision made by CDC advisor that myocarditis in adolescents and young adults is likely linked to the vaccines, but that the benefits…

Covid-19 Vaccines and Myocarditis: Balancing Benefits and Risks in Adolescents and Young Adults — The Skeptical Cardiologist

Thank you Dr. Pearson.

Full vaccination with AstraZeneca offers 92% protection against hospitalisation with delta variant — Science Chronicle

With the delta variant, both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines offer high protection against hospitalisation. One dose of AstraZeneca vaccine offered 71% protection against hospitalisation, while two doses offered 92% protection. In the case of Pfizer vaccine, the protection against hospitalisation was 94% after one dose and 96% after two doses. A real-world study undertaken by […]

Full vaccination with AstraZeneca offers 92% protection against hospitalisation with delta variant — Science Chronicle

The study referenced is a pre-print and has not been peer reviewed.

The Saddest Covid-19 Statistic

“For those of us in public health, it’s nothing short of amazing,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, the chief health officer for Seattle and King County, told me the other day. I had called Duchin to ask about a startling claim he made recently. At a weekly health briefing, he offhandedly remarked that of King County’s recent COVID-19 cases, 97% had occurred in unvaccinated people. It effectively meant the only people still catching coronavirus here in King County are people who haven’t gotten the shots. It also means the disease that just a few months ago threatened the entire nation is now almost exclusively circulating among a shrinking few.

“We’re getting to the point where it’s a tale of two societies,” says Dr. Umair Shah, the state health secretary.Shah reported this past week that unvaccinated people between ages 45 and 64 are now being hospitalized for COVID at rates 21 times higher than the vaccinated.

The ‘two societies’: 97% of new COVID cases are among people who haven’t gotten the shots — https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/the-two-societies-97-of-new-covid-cases-are-among-people-who-havent-gotten-the-shots/#comments

At the Seattle Times website for this article you’ll find over 500 comments. After reading several comments I had to stop. Every comment I read made me sad about all of the things we have gotten wrong during the pandemic. One of the worst things that has happened was the politicization of Covid-19. Sometimes I just wish it would stop.

If for whatever reason you choose to refuse the vaccine I have no interest in debating your decision. I’ll present some facts and we can remain cordial.