DOCTOR Anthony Fauci has demanded that Donald Trump offers coronavirus drug remdesivir with the world after the United States bought up bulk of the global supply.
The top coronavirus doctor made the comments during an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Thursday.
Fauci said: “I’ve always been as a scientist and a public health official one that feels strongly that whenever you get an intervention, you should have a real careful look at the equity of trying to get some reasonable equitable type of distribution, particularly when you get a product that’s limited.”
Remdesivir is the only approved drug in the country to treat coronavirus.
Gilead Sciences announced on Monday that it has “entered into an agreement” with the US and will supply hospitals with the drug through September.
The company will send most of its supply of remdesirvir to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the agency will work with states to manage allocation to hospitals.
Fauci explained that he will have the same sharing approach if a vaccine is created.
“When the United States government is involved in, to a greater or lesser degree, subsidizing the development of a number of vaccines, not only ones that were developed in the government auspices, but those in which various candidates at various companies are utilizing resources from the government to develop their vaccine – as part of that, we made it clear that we wanted to make sure that enough vaccine was produced.”
During the interview, the top doc also spoke about the rise in coronavirus cases in the United States.
The country currently has at least 2,732,639 confirmed cases and has witnessed 128,651 fatalities.
“What we have seen over the last several days is a spike in cases that are well beyond the worst spikes that we have seen.
“We have got to get that under control, or we risk an even greater outbreak in the United States.”
Fauci then insinuated that the reason for the increase in cases was down to America’s lockdown regime.
“When you look at the fact that we never got things down to baseline where so many countries in Europe and the UK and other countries did, they closed down to the tune of about 97 percent lockdown.
“In the United States, even in the most strict lockdown, only about 50 percent of the country was locked down.
“That allowed the perpetuation of the outbreak that we never did get under very good control.”
Since coronavirus figures began to soar again, several states have had their coronavirus restrictions tightened.