Donald Trump says he takes hydroxychloroquine drug for Covid-19
FDA and Dr. Anthony Fauci disagree with the president
President Donald Trump reaffirms the utility of an antimalarial drug as a treatment for coronavirus, even though the country’s chief infectious disease specialist denies the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a therapy for COVID-19.
“I believe in hydroxychloroquine,” Trump told reporters at the White House. – I used it. Many, many people agree with me “.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revoked an executive order authorizing the drug to be used as therapy for the treatment of COVID-19. Trump says he used hydroxychloroquine two months ago.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, told ABC on Tuesday, “I agree with the FDA.”.
“Most of the clinical trials that looked at the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine showed that it was ineffective against coronavirus,” Fauci said..
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnani said Wednesday in an interview with CBS that Trump takes a “positive view” of the drug’s potential as a “prevention” in the early stages of the disease..
“He wants to save lives. This is his goal in this case, ”she said. “That is why he is promoting this drug as a preventive measure, but only in agreement with the attending physician.”.
Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro also spoke out in support of the president’s opinion, calling for the use of hydroxychloroquine. In an interview with CNN, he revealed that the federal government has “millions of doses” of the drug at its disposal..
However, on Tuesday, the social network Twitter limited access to the site for 12 hours for Donald Trump Jr., one of the president’s sons. Trump Jr. tweeted a video of doctors recommending hydroxychloroquine, which the company explained is in violation of Twitter’s COVID-19 disinformation policy..
Fauci warned in an interview with The Associated Press that while significant progress has been made in developing potential vaccines around the world, the public must be convinced that these vaccines are safe, effective and necessary. He said the development of coronavirus vaccines is progressing rapidly due to the “urgency of the situation.” But it could also raise vaccine safety concerns..
Fauci added that health officials and political leaders will also have to deal with people who don’t believe in vaccine safety at all, as well as people with anti-scientific views and people who just don’t want to be told what they need. make.
He said: “We must overcome all these obstacles, and we must make as much open, honest and transparent contact with society as possible in order to convince people that vaccination will benefit them.”.
Fauci also expressed concern about the recent spikes in the incidence of COVID-19. He said there are five things he thinks could prevent the virus from re-emerging: “Wear masks. Avoid crowds and crowds. Maintain physical distance, 10 feet (three meters). Close the bars. There is the greatest transmission of the virus. Practice good personal hygiene, including hand washing “.
More than 4.3 million people in the United States are infected with the coronavirus, and the death toll is approaching 150,000.