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Concept.png Molnupiravir 
New drug produced by Merck; to be used against COVID 19.

Molnupiravir (EIDD-2801) is a new experimental antiviral which is to be taken orally to combat a COVID 19 infection. There have been whistle-blowers and concerns about safety.


The drug was developed at Emory University by the university's drug innovation company, Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE). It was then acquired by Miami-based company Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, who later partnered with Merck & Co. to develop the drug further.

Rick Bright was removed as head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) before the approval of the drug. He later submitted a whistleblower complaint asserting that Ridgeback had pressured BARDA to provide funding to manufacture Molnupiravir despite Bright's concerns that similar drugs in its class have mutagenic properties..[1]

Preliminary trial results

On 1 October 2021, the BBC reported that the pill can halve risk of hospitalisation with COVID, according to interim trials.[2]

An analysis of 775 patients in the study found:

  • 7.3% of those given molnupiravir were hospitalised( that compares with 14.1% of patients who were given a placebo)
  • There were no deaths in the molnupiravir group, but eight patients who were given a placebo in the trial later died of Covid


Full article: COVID-19/Vaccine/Authorisation

On 5 November 2021, Molnupiravir was approved for medical use in Great Britain.[3] It is to be taken at home, and is described as being "life changing" for those people shielding.[4]


NO to Merck's new COVID pill: Molnupiravir

"The FDA absolutely should not approve Merck's experimental COVID pill molnupiravir. The drug works by encouraging VIRUS MUTATIONS which could result in "escape mutations" being unleashed on the world—i.e. a new pandemic. Proponents claiming that the benefit outweighs the risk are self-serving and shortsighted. Remember, they gave similar reassurance regarding “gain of function” research—which may very well have led to present pandemic. There are already more effective treatments like monoclonal antibodies that don’t pose such risk." - Tulsi Gabbard on 3 December 2021