Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli is pleading to be let out of jail in order to use his pharmaceutical expertise to help design a cure for the coronavirus.
Shkreli is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for securities fraud. He is asking for a three-month furlough on his sentence because he believes that his experience in the industry can help end the coronavirus pandemic.
“As a successful two-time biopharma entrepreneur, having purchased multiple companies, invented multiple new drug candidates, filed numerous INDs and clinical trial applications, I am one of the few executives experienced in ALL aspects of drug development from molecule creation and hypothesis generation,” Shkreli wrote in a scientific paper that was published this week.
Shkreli is claiming that he and his team have done state-of-the-art research finding eight possible cures to the coronavirus. Shkreli believes that they would be able to determine what is the cure and save untold lives if he is freed. Christie Smythe, a journalist who is profiling Shkreli for a book, claims that his paper is a real “research project he’s been working on, not for any profit motive.”
Shkreli believes that Big Pharma’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been “inadequate” and his innovative mind can solve the problems that the bought-and-paid-for corporate executives cannot.
“Donations from these very valuable companies do not go far enough,” Shkreli wrote. “The biopharmaceutical industry has a large braintrust of talent that is not working on this problem, as companies have deprioritized or even abandoned infectious disease research.”
If he receives the three-month furlough that he is lobbying for, Shkreli maintains that he does “not expect to profit in any way, shape or form from coronavirus-related treatments.” He claims that “any company developing a coronavirus drug should seek to recoup its cost at most and be willing to perform the work as a civil service at the least.”
Big League Politics reported on the railroading of Shkreli when the deep state sentenced him to a long prison sentence in 2018:
Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who was slandered by the entire mainstream media following his necessary decision to increase the price of an AIDS medication has been sentenced to seven years in prison. While the entire media claimed he was being greedy, and price gouging at the expense of those who require his drug to live, the facts prove different.
But the charges he was prosecuted for had nothing to do with the supposed “price gouging,” it was for defrauding investors…
Shkreli will be credited for six months he already served stemming from an arrest based around him making a joke, offering $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair. Along with being sentenced to seven years in prison, the federal government has seized $7.6 million in assets from Shkreli, including his one of a kind Wu-Tang Clan album he paid $2 million for.
If he cannot receive his requested furlough, President Trump should consider a commutation for Shkreli’s sentence in the name of public health.
MSNBC Medical Contributor: “We Should Make Masks Mandatory in Public”
He wants to force the public to wear masks.
A MSNBC medical contributor called for the wearing of face masks to be made mandatory in the United States, claiming that anything otherwise would represent a threat to public safety.
Dr. Vin Gupta made the dramatic, authoritarian appeal on a Monday morning segment on the network. Watch here:
MSNBC’s Dr. Vin Gupta: “We should make masks mandatory in public. Just like we ban indoor smoking, because you know what? You shouldn’t have to breathe somebody else’s secondhand smoke. I shouldn’t have to breathe exhaled Covid-19 in somebody’s breath.” pic.twitter.com/9N61Pjf2uw
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 25, 2020
“We should institute mandatory masks in public when you can’t guarantee social distancing. That means retail stores, that means public transportation, that means workplaces… That’s absolutely where we should be headed. Makes no sense why we’re not already there, people are flouting the rules…”
Gupta’s appeal to authoritarianism is almost certainly a doomed project. While many businesses and institutions have enacted rules requiring the use of a face mask to enter their property, it’s all but impossible to imagine a system where law enforcement mandates the wearing of face masks by the general public.
Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine already rescinded an executive order mandating the wearing of facemasks inside businesses, stating the onerous requirement was a “bridge too far.”
A more efficient public health strategy would be to strongly encourage people to maintain social distancing practices, and wear face masks if they feel so inclined. Many Americans simply aren’t going to accept a paradigm in which we treat our neighbors as latent biothreats on an infinite, rolling basis.
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