Amid the results are awaited for the previous testing of the anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, US President, Donald Trump on Saturday, April 4, 2020, encouraged doctors and scientists to continue testing of the drug to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Keeping an optimistic view regarding the effectiveness of the drug on the COVID-19 patients, Trump claimed that he would even take the medicine himself by encouraging others with doctor approval to do the same.
Anti-Malaria Drug Testing
Trump has talked about the benefits of an anti-malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, on Saturday and shared his optimistic view of the drug while the data was still being gathered on the former tests. Citing his positive aspects of the drug, Trump declared, “I may take it… I’ll have to ask my doctors about that, but I may take it.”
According to the White House, Trump had been tested twice for the coronavirus and found negative both times. Trump said the federal government had 29 million doses of the drug and was adding to its national stockpile, which would be good enough for the treatment of large numbers of the virus-infected patients. He also claimed that he had a talk with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asking to lift India’s ban on drug exports to the US.
Furthermore, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an emergency authorization for distributing the drugs and issued orders for doctors to prescribe to hospitalized COVID-19 patients, despite the result of the previous tests were still awaited.
Trump exclaimed, “We’re just hearing really positive stories and we’re continuing to collect the data,” while the European Commission had announced this week that the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19 had not been proven yet.
Issues within the US States
The Trump administration is facing challenges in dealing with the issue of supply more ventilators to different states and expressed his disappointment since some states have been requesting more ventilators from the federal government despite they have enough of them.
The president said that the fears of shortages had prompted US states to request more ventilators than they needed. Citing that the federal government had 10,000 in its stockpile, Trump stated, “Some states have more ventilators than they need, they don’t even like to admit it.”
Trump projected that the next week would be particularly tough with a “lot of death” coming from the coronavirus while he raised his concern that the social distancing “cure” for the outbreak was worse than the problem. Meanwhile, Trump is now facing criticism for his underestimating the severity of the virus outbreak on the US economy in spite of several warnings from experts.
Exposing Trump’s priority to the country’s economy, the president praised Republican governors who have not issued “stay at home” orders for their states and focused to regulate markets besides the hardships. He claimed, “They’re doing very well and they’re doing a magnificent job of running their states.” Trump added, “We’re not going to destroy our country… We cannot let this continue, so at a certain point some hard decisions are going to have to be made.”
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