Neither the Green Minister of Health Johannes Rauch nor the mainstream media provide aggressive information about the new Covid drugs, which doctors say are effective and which are now also approved for the Austrian market. One thing is clear in the media: Anyone who earns money from hugely expensive advertising campaigns for the next wave of vaccinations will not really want the marketing campaign for the fourth vaccination to flop.
It is irritating, however, why the Minister of Health does not let it be communicated aggressively and widely that there have long been two drugs that effectively combat Covid. A doctor says in an interview with the eXXpress: “These drugs would take away the fear of corona for thousands of people – they really help. A few days ago I was also able to observe this with my mother: she was only ill for three days, then she was well again.”
Also eXXpressTV-Medicus Dr. Marcus Franz criticizes that far too little is being said about the Covid drugs that are already approved on the market: “That’s a positive message that there are effective substances that can be used to treat Covid in all people at risk.”
And these two products are effective against Covid: Paxlovid is already a little better known, Lagevrio has also recently been approved for use. dr Marcus Franz, specialist in internal medicine: “These are antiviral substances, they are recommended for risk groups if Covid is diagnosed.” So especially for older people and patients who suffer from other diseases.
However, the well-known Viennese doctor says: “With Paxlovid, you have to look very closely at the medication that is already in progress, because this drug can interact with many other medications and therefore cause side effects.” Both drugs can be prescribed by general practitioners and specialists via e-prescription.
The fact that a “no matter what the cost” advertising campaign was ordered for the 4th wave of vaccinations, but the two drugs Paxlovid and Lagevrio are hardly mentioned by official bodies, raises a number of questions: why should people in Austria not be afraid be taken before covid? Why is the vaccine advertised so expensively, but not the drug that saves it? And shouldn’t the Ministry of Health give sensitive people more security and take away their worries, especially in extremely difficult times of crisis?