NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Sunday it is a “false narrative” to think that the coronavirus vaccines would become unnecessary if an antiviral drug announced by Merck receives federal approval.
Fauci’s remarks on ABC’s “This Week,” come on the heels of the pharmaceutical company’s announcement on Friday that an oral antiviral treatment it is developing might reduce the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID.
Fauci reiterated the importance of getting vaccinated, saying, “I mean this idea about ‘we have a drug, don’t get vaccinated,’ just doesn’t make any sense.”
Pfizer is developing an oral drug to prevent COVID-19 infections. This drug, currently known as PF-07321332, is a protease inhibitor “designed to block the activity of the main protease enzyme that the coronavirus needs to replicate.” This drug is not a repackaged version of Ivermectin.
As these reports circulated online, some social media users dubbed the new drug “Pfizermectin,” a combination of the company’s name and the drug Ivermectin — and claimed that Pfizer was copying or cloning the drug.
‘Mectin fans must truly love the taste of the horse paste or sheep dip. Imagine going to these lengths to justify its use? https://t.co/ugzFweWBka
— Seriously P.O.’d (@abcoho1) October 3, 2021
“When you say ‘Are some of those deaths avoidable?’ They certainly are. In fact, looking forward now, most of the deaths could be avoidable if we get people vaccinated,” Dr. Anthony Fauci tells @jonkarl as the U.S. surpasses 700,000 deaths from COVID-19. https://t.co/8flUwOVpbb pic.twitter.com/cjzGTnKN69
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 3, 2021