According to the White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha coronavirus fatalities in the U.S. would drop to almost zero if everyone would stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and take Paxlovid.
Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir, ritonavir) is an oral antiviral medication used to treat COVID-19. It is prescribed to be taken after someone tests positive for COVID-19 and within 5 days of onset of symptoms or positive test. Paxlovid, which is currently recommended for those who are at higher risk for severe disease, has been shown to reduce hospitalizations and death due to COVID-19 by 88%. It has been utilized in the US under an EUA from the FDA in December 2021.
“If everybody was up to date on their vaccines and people got treated with Paxlovid … deaths would go to close to zero across America,” he said.
Paxlovid can be used to treat people who have contracted COVID-19.
White House chief of medical staff and advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, also took Paxlovid. Dr. Fauci vaccinated along with two additional boosts but still caught the virus. He too Paxlovid and tested negative for several days. But then tested positive again. So, he took another dose.
Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla also took four vaccinations but still caught the virus.
Dr. Ashish Jha says, “Almost nothing in medicine cuts risk of death by 96%. He continued, almost nothing Except the COVID vaccines. He added, double boosted folks had 96% lower risk of death compared to unvaccinated,” he said. “If you’re 50 or older and haven’t gotten a vaccine in 2022,” he wrote. “Please go get one now It may save your life.”
“Being up to date on COVID-19 vaccination provides strong protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death in all age groups. All eligible children, adolescents, and adults should remain up to date with recommended COVID-19 vaccinations,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website declares.