India is looking into USA request for hydroxychloroquine

Ross Houston
April 6, 2020

President Donald Trump did not let Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, weigh in on what he thought about using hydroxycholoroquine, an anti-malaria drug, on patients with COVID-19.

The debate is not a new one inside the coronavirus task force - and medical experts have repeatedly explained to the president that there is a risk in enthusiastically touting hydroxychloroquine in case the drug doesn't ultimately work to combat the virus.

Dr. Fauci reportedly disagreed and said there was only anecdotal evidence.

"What are you talking about?"

Fauci took the podium late in the conference and hadn't spoken before the reporters began asking questions.

"This is a very important data point", said civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli, adding that it "allows our hospitals to breathe". CNBC reported that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, anxious that Trump's statements and news surrounding the drug will lead to shortages that could hurt patients who need it for a "proven indication".

The governor said NY was part of an effort to develop a program that would identify people who are both negative and not in a vulnerable category, allowing them to go back to work.

Several aides later said they were unfazed by Navarro's outburst, given he has them regularly.

"Trump and coronavirus task force hold briefing at White HousePresident Trump and the coronavirus task force give an update on the response effort from the White House". "So I think in terms of science, I don't think we could definitively say it works". "I have a PhD. And I understand how to read statistical studies, whether it's in medicine, the law, economics or whatever".

The drug has been touted as a "game changer" by President Trump, and India had banned its exports.

The US government has stockpiled 29 million hydroxycholoroquine pills and Trump said it was a good option for treatment since there's now no vaccine, although researchers are testing a number of drugs including hydroxycholoroquine.

For people without heart problems, Trump recommended combining hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin, a common antibiotic.

"I'm saying, do what you want". Three people in Nigeria overdosed on the drug last month after the president said, without evidence, that the drug may be able to combat the novel coronavirus.

"I don't know why you're so hard about this", Navarro said. Fifteen times. You don't have to ask that question.

The drug, derived from anti-malaria drug chloroquine, assists people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

"I may take it", Trump said.

When was asked why the government does not shut everything and still leaves a few businesses open, Trump said: "All I can say is that right now things are looking really good and opening up with a bang will be a great thing". Medical workers were falling fast and had to be resourceful - "the alternative", one said, "is death".

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