Trump pitches unapproved drug for coronavirus

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United States president Donald Trump said over the weekend that he had urged PM Modi to allow exports of medicines already ordered by the US.

When Jeremy Diamond from CNN asked if Fauci could also weigh in on the "issue of hydroxychloroquine" and what the medical evidence was on it, Trump interjected, "You know many times he's answered that question?"

In a Twitter post on Saturday following his conversation with Trump, Modi had said,"Had an extensive telephone conversation with President @realDonaldTrump".

"As of Tuesday, we'll have deployed over 3,000 military and public health professionals to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other parts of our country".

Doctors can already prescribe the malaria drug to patients with COVID-19, a practice known as off-label prescribing. It's worked unbelievably. It's a powerful drug on malaria. For weeks, Trump downplayed the seriousness of the viral threat, boasting about his administration's success in containing the virus, and assuring the public that the number of US cases would soon fall to zero. "He is a strong man, a strong person". Because again it's being tested now.

On Sunday, Trump approved disaster declaration of five states including Mississippi, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota and DE, and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas. "The invisible enemy as we call it".

The president also said that 1.67 million Americans have now been tested and given the results for the virus. "What do you have to lose?" said Trump. Trump said that his administration would be delivering an additional 600,000 N95 masks to the city on Monday to "take care of the needs of the public hospital system". People speak up and there's robust debate, but there's never been a confrontation. He told reporters he backed the drug as he said: "I'm not a doctor. I have common sense". The FDA feels good about it. They gave it a rapid approval.

TRUMP, suggesting that Atkinson had claimed that the whistleblower complaint regarding Ukraine should be discounted because of political bias: "He even said it was politically biased".

She said guidelines encouraging social distancing are working, and that new cases in some areas will start going down.

Earlier in the day, Fauci did discuss the drug on Face the Nation. The anchor asked him, "Is hydroxychloroquine preventative against this virus?"

"The data are really just at best suggestive", Fauci said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday morning. And I said, they had a hold, they have 1.5 billion people, and I said, I would appreciate it if they would release the amounts we have ordered and they are giving it serious consideration.

Exports of hydroxychloroquine and its formulations are prohibited "without any exceptions" and with immediate effect, India's Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in an April 4 order.

Speaking at the regular White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, Trump touted governmental and medical efforts to treat patients and see that needed supplies were adequately distributed. A source told Axios that Navarro was touting studies, mostly from overseas, that he said show "clear therapeutic efficacy".



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