Trump to roll out malaria drug to treat coronavirus COVID-19 patients

Trump to roll out malaria drug to treat coronavirus COVID-19 patients

"I'm excited about that because clinical trials are already beginning", Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said Thursday on MSNBC about the prospects of using chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to fight coronavirus.

There are now no approved treatments, or preventive vaccines for COVID-19, the highly contagious, sometimes deadly respiratory illness caused by coronavirus. According to some studies, US President Donald Trump stated the instances of hydrovichloroquine corona virus are helpful.

A man is dead and his wife is in critical condition after they ingested the drug chloroquine phosphate, reportedly to prevent themselves from getting coronavirus.

India said on Wednesday it had banned the export of hydroxychloroquine and formulations of the malaria drug while experts test its efficacy in helping treat patients infected with coronavirus. The President has heard, as we all have heard, what I call anecdotal reports that certain drugs work.

Health officials are warning Nigerians against self-medicating after demand for the antimalarial medicine surged in Lagos, a city home to 20 million people.

"The country's Center for Disease Control tweeted: "[The World Health Orgniazation] has NOT approved the use of chloroquine for #COVID19 management.

At a news briefing on Friday, Trump insisted he felt "good about" the drug cocktail.

NY state, now the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic with more than 30,000 cases and nearly 200 deaths, began such a trial on Tuesday.

NY began trials of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, often used in the treatment of malaria, on Tuesday.

Trump said his administration had streamlined Food and Drug Administration procedures that could get the drug out quickly.

So far, the first trial of HIV drugs - which have been used on coronavirus patients in Singapore and elsewhere - has shown disappointing results.

"If the science demonstrates that hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating COVID-19, and this is supported by regulatory authorities, then this would be positive news", says Jordan Berman, Apotex's spokesperson. The findings didn't show any additional benefit to using the malaria drug.

Following Trump's proclamation, people in the USA, including doctors, are already rushing out to stockpile these drugs, which could affect their supply for patients who rely on them for their intended goal.

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