The President called hydroxychloroquine a “very strong and powerful” remedy.
US President Donald Trump has again advocated the use of a successful drug for malaria, lupus, and arthritis to treat a new coronavirus, although its effectiveness in the fight against COVID-19 has not been proven.
“What have you got to lose?” – Trump asked at a briefing at the White House where he praised the hydroxychloroquine.
According to him, the drug reserves are 29 million doses. The President called it “a very strong and powerful drug that does not kill people.”
People are dying, Trump said, and there aren’t a couple of years to do trials of this drug.
The food and drug administration said it issued emergency authorization for the use of the drug because there are no alternative treatments for COVID-19.
But White House working group member and the country’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci said there is no scientific evidence of the drug’s use to fight coronavirus.
According to him, the data on hydroxychloroquine is “at best suggestive.”
“There were cases that showed there might be an effect, but there were other cases that showed there was no effect,” he said.
When a reporter tried to ask Fauci about hydroxychloroquine at a White House briefing, Trump intervened and wouldn’t let the doctor answer a question that trump said had already been asked “15 times.”