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A week after globalist Bill Gates warned of "Smallpox terrorism", vials of smallpox were found in a Merck research facility in Pennsylvania.

The FBI seized 15 suspicious vials -- 5 labeled "smallpox" -- and sent them to the CDC for analysis.
 

What is Smallpox?

Smallpox is an extremely contagious and deadly virus for which there is no known cure. The virus was eradicated from earth in 1980. 15 million people were infected every year and 30% of those infected died.

Smallpox has proven to be one of the most devastating diseases to humankind.

In June, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug to treat smallpox -- even though smallpox is eradicated.

Government and health agencies keep samples of smallpox virus for research purposes.
 

What Are the Symptoms of Smallpox?

Symptoms of smallpox usually appear about a week to 17 days after exposure to the virus (incubation period).

After the incubation period, the following flu-like symptoms occur:

  • high fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • severe back pain
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting

 
The symptoms go away after three days and the patient feels better. Then a rash appears.

The rash starts on the face and spreads to the hands, forearms and the trunk of the body. Within two days, the rash develops into raised abscesses filled with fluid and pus.

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The abscesses break open and scab over. The scabs eventually fall off, leaving pit mark scars. The patient is contagious until the scabs fall off.
 

How Does Smallpox Spread?

Smallpox is an airborne disease that spreads via coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with bodily fluids. The virus can also be spread by touching contaminated clothes or bedding.
 

Is There a Treatment for Smallpox?

There is no known cure for smallpox. Vaccination within one to three days can keep the illness from becoming severe.

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The FBI and Centers for Disease Control are investigating vials marked "Smallpox" that were found in a Merck lab outside Philadelphia.

Samples of smallpox aren't approved to be used in private experiments or research.

The 15 "questionable vials" were found inside a Merck facility freezer in a Pennsylvania vaccine research facility.

An alert was sent to the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday night, indicating that 5 of the vials were labeled "smallpox" and 10 as "vaccinia," reports Yahoo News.

Bill Gates, who is not a doctor, recently warned that the next pandemic will be smallpox.

In a statement to CNN, the CDC said: "There is no indication that anyone has been exposed to the small number of frozen vials."

Smallpox, a highly contagious and deadly virus, was eradicated from earth in 1980.

The smallpox virus infected 15 million people globally every year, killing about 30% of those infected.

By comparison, the Covid-19 virus kills less than 1% of those who are infected.

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Pfizer says its new Covid-19 pill will cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% when taken with a widely used HIV drug.

Pfizer's antiviral pill is second behind Merck Pharmaceutical, which submitted data for its anti-Covid pill to the FDA last month.

Pfizer's new pill, when taken with the HIV drug, showed strong effectiveness for treating Covid-19 at the first sign of illness in high-risk adults.

Pfizer's pill is part of a class of medicines called protease inhibitors that work by inhibiting an enzyme the virus needs to multiply inside human cells.

The coronavirus enter host cells by binding to ACE2 receptor enzymes in cells. People with higher levels of ACE2 (morbidly obese and HIV patients) are at higher risk for sickness and death.

The HIV drug slows the breakdown of Pfizer's pill so it will remain active in the body for long periods at higher concentrations.

"I think this medicine will change the way things are happening right now that will save millions and millions of lives, it has the potential to do it," Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla -- a veterinarian -- told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Pfizer will submit data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) later this month.

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Merck's new Covid-19 treatment will not be affordable for most Americans.

Merck is reportedly charging 40 times the cost to make the antiviral Covid-19 drug, molnupiravir.

Molnupiravir costs $17.74 to produce - but Merck is charging $712 for a 5-day course of treatment, according to The Intercept.

Molnupiravir, originally developed to treat encephalitis in horses and zebras, was licensed from Emory University in 2020. The worldwide rights were sold to Merck for an undisclosed sum.

The U.S. government reportedly funded development of the drug by Emory University for $10 million between 2013 and 2015.

Merck is expected to earn $7 billion in revenue from the sales of the drug.

According to Quartz, Good government advocates point out that "because federal agencies spent at least $29 million on the drug's development, the government has the obligation to ensure that the medicine is affordable."

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Dr. Dzintars Gotham of King's College Hospital suggested Merck can still turn a decent profit if they priced molnupiravir at $19.99.

"Offering someone a $700 treatment when they don't yet feel that ill is going to mean that a lot of people are not going to take it," he said.

Melissa Barber, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health, said:

"If you can't afford medicine because it's 1,000 times more than you can afford, or because it's 100 times more than you can afford, it doesn't matter. Those are both bad."

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Merck is the latest pharmaceutical company to rush an experimental drug to market to treat the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Merck announced Friday that it has developed an experimental oral drug that will reduce hospitalizations and deaths by 50% in people recently infected with Covid.

The company will ask the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency authorization to distribute the capsules.

The drug -- which some compare to Ivermectin and Tamiflu -- is intended as a treatment for people with Covid symptoms.

Former FDA Director Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC that the trial results are clearly "profoundly" positive.

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Merck allegedly tested the drug on 700 unvaccinated people diagnosed with Covid-19 in a global study.

The volunteers were all considered "high risk" due to factors like age, and pre-existing medical conditions.

Merck's study found that 7% of volunteers in the control group that received the drug were hospitalized, and none of them died. While 14% were hospitalized and eight people died in the placebo group.

Dr. Gottlieb calls the test results a "a profound game-changer that we have an oral pill that had this kind of effect on patients who are already symptomatic."

Dr. Gottlieb also noted that the team that developed the drug "also invented the first successful antibody against ebola so this is a very good drug-development team."

The drug is intended to be taken in addition to the mRNA vaccines.