US President Donald Trump praised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their quick approval of a new drug to treat the deadly coronavirus during his Thursday briefing. He noted the drugs Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine had shown “tremendous” results in lab testing against coronavirus. President Trump explained the drug would be available on prescription to those who need it immediately.
He said: “A drug called Chloroquine and some people would add to it Hydroxychloroquine is a common malaria drug and it is also a drug used for strong arthritis.
“It has shown very encouraging results against coronavirus.
“We are going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately and that is why the Food and Drug Administration has been so great.
“They have gone through the approval process quickly and they took it down from many months to immediately.
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“So we are going to be able to make that drug available by prescription.
“I think this drug has shown tremendous promise based on the results and other tests.”
The President also spread words of comfort to American citizens on their fight against the virus.
He said: “Nothing will stand in our way as we pursue any avenue to find what best works against this horrible virus.
“It is known as a malaria drug that has been around for a long time and it is very powerful.
“The nice part is it has been around for a long time so if things don’t go as plan it is not going to kill anybody.
“When you go with a brand new drug you don’t know that for certain and you have to see and have lots of tests.
“We will continue to study this drug and while we continue to study it will also be given out to large groups of people.”
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He added: “I think it is going to be very exciting, it could be a game-changer but at the same time maybe not.
“But based on what I see it could be a game-changer as it is very powerful.”
At the time of writing 9,415 people have confirmed to have coronavirus in the US.
Of those infected with the virus, 150 people have died and 106 people have recovered.
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