Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed on Tuesday that he is suffering from ‘Covid rebound’ symptoms’ after being treated with Paxlovid.
Paxlovid, a drug that was anointed as America’s silver bullet against COVID-19 by some health officials and even President Joe Biden, may not have any effectiveness for people that are already vaccinated, according its manufacturer Pfizer’s own data.
Fauci, 81, said at the Foreign Policy Global Health Forum that he’s on his second course of the drug after testing positive, then negative, then positive again for Covid-19.
Fauci said last week that he began experiencing virus symptoms on June 14 and tested positive a day later.
That same day, he was prescribed and began a course of Paxlovid.
Fauci was last seen in person in public on June 3, when he served as the keynote speaker for City College of New York’s graduation ceremony.
Pfizer’s Paxlovid has suffered another setback, with new data revealing that it provides little benefit to healthy, fully vaccinated, people (file photo)
Fauci made the announcement Foreign Policy Global Health Forum on Tuesday where he also stated his belief that more people have Covid-19 than is being publicly reported
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he first tested positive for Covid-19 on June 14 and began his first course of Paxlovid on June 15
According to a June 22 University of California San Diego School of Medicine study, Covid-19 rebound symptoms after a course of Paxlovid are caused because not enough of the drug was getting to infected cells to stop all viral replication.
The study refers to this as a lack of exposure to the drug.
The New York City-based pharma giant Pfizer published its Phase 2/3 trial data analyzing the drug’s ability to prevent hospitalization or death depending on a person’s vaccination status and individual risk profile.
It found that a fully vaccinated person with little personal risk had little to gain from using the drug.
Paxlovid is to be used by a Covid positive person to limit symptoms and prevent them from becoming serious enough to require intense medical care. Biden has propped it up as one of the keys to America’s Covid response, even offering it for free to anyone who tests positive for the virus – a move that had some detractors.
In late May, the Centers for Disease Control issued a formal warning regarding a Covid-19 rebound.
The agency said that some patients who were prescribed Paxlovid suffered a recurrence of symptoms or tested positive for Covid between 2 and 8 days after recovery.
President Joe Biden hailed the use of Paxlovid to treat Covid-19 in his State of the Union address
Pfizer’s own study found that a fully vaccinated person with little personal risk had little to gain from using the drug
The CDC announcement said that there was not enough data to make a conclusion on the cause for the rebound. The agency noted that none of the reported rebound cases saw patients suffer a severe recurrence.
Paxlovid received emergency use authorization from regulators in late 2021, and quickly became a favorite of the White House.
Biden touted its effectiveness at his 2020 State of the Union address earlier this year, heralding it for findings in clinical trials that it could reduce hospitalizations and deaths caused by the virus by 90 percent.
‘If you get COVID-19, the Pfizer pill reduces your chances of ending up in the hospital by 90 percent,’ Biden said.
‘I’ve ordered more pills than anyone in the world has. Pfizer is working overtime to get us a million pills this month and more than double that next month.’
He announced the ‘Test to Treat’ program, where Americans who tested positive for the virus at pharmacies around the country could quickly get a course of the drugs at no cost.
The federal government even began to roll out ‘Test to Treat’ centers around the country, with Rhode Island launching the nation’s first in late May.
Under this program, any American, no matter their vaccination status or risk profile, would be offered the drugs if they wanted them.
At the same conference where he announced his Covid-19 rebound, Fauci also said: ‘It is not the time to be at odds with each other, it’s a time to be pulling together against the common enemy, which is the [Covid-19] virus.’
The Foreign Policy Global Health public forum is ‘a platform for global health experts to discuss the most pressing issues and developing trends in international public health,’ according to the organization.
Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies virtually during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update on the ongoing Federal response to COVID-19 on June 16
During the forum, Fauci also said that he felt as though there are more people with Covid-19 than is being publicly reported.
Fauci said: ‘I would say [the amount of COVID infections are] at least a couple fold if not more than what’s reported… so many people that I know personally have gotten infected, been minimally symptomatic, and never reported their antigen positivity.’
The president’s Covid tsar also called for an ‘aggressive’ public vaccine campaign saying: ‘If you locked down only for the sake of locking down, sooner or later the virus is going to enter or re-enter into your country.’
At the Foreign Policy Global Health Forum, Fauci said that he tested positive, then negative, then positive again
In his appearance at the Foreign Policy forum, Fauci called for an ‘aggressive’ vaccine effort
Research has shown that Paxlovid is effective in fighting Covid-19 but it has shown limited capabilities in fighting the virus in vaccinated persons
He continued: ‘The purpose should be to get a very aggressive vaccination campaign to all citizens.’
‘I´m still feeling really quite fine,’ Fauci said just last Thursday at the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update on the ongoing Federal response to COVID-19.
‘I think I´m an example, given my age, of what we´re all talking about today,’ Fauci said. ‘I´m vaccinated. I´m doubly boosted. And I believe if that were not the case, I very likely would not be talking to you looking as well as I look, I think, right now. So all is well with Fauci.’
The Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are the most prevalent strain of Covid-19 in the U.S., the C.D.C. estimates
Fauci said on Tuesday: ‘It is not the time to be at odds with each other, it’s a time to be pulling together against the common enemy, which is the Covid-19 virus
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