While speaking to the media, Trump revealed he is taking hydroxychloroquine.
Trump endorsed the use of hydroxychloroquine earlier for the treatment of coronavirus. He received a lot of criticism for the same as there is only anecdotal evidence that the anti-malarial drug works.
The president recently asked the White House doctor if he should take hydroxychloroquine. When the doctor told him he can if he wants to, Trump started taking it.
Trump added he’s been taking HCQ for over a week and a half after hearing positive things from frontline workers regarding the drug. Earlier last month, Trump threatened to take action against India, who had earlier banned the export of hydroxychloroquine from its shores. Prime Minister Modi then allowed the US access to the anti-malarial drug.
Trump said he felt fine taking the drug.
President Trump and Hydroxychloroquine
Hydroxychloroquine made waves last month when Trump publically proclaimed it was an ailment to the coronavirus. Governor Cuomo, who tested the benefits of hydroxychloroquine during the height of the pandemic in New York, said the drug’s impact was anecdotally positive.
Dr Fauci cautioned against calling hydroxychloroquine a coronavirus ailment, saying the claim lacked scientific evidence. Senator Ron Johnson also advised caution to the president. In a letter to Trump, Johnson sent warnings from hundreds of physicians against the widespread use of hydroxychloroquine.
The president wasn’t alone in promoting hydroxychloroquine. Even Elon Musk tweeted out a research paper calling chloroquine an ailment to the coronavirus.
At the time, Trump received a lot of flak for promoting an unknown treatment. The FDA eventually had to warn people not to take hydroxychloroquine without medical supervision. This is because taking the anti-malarial drug has heart risks.
While speaking in a White House briefing at the time, Trump said Americans didn’t have a lot to lose in taking hydroxychloroquine. His Attorney General William Barr said the press corps in the White House was on a ‘jihad‘ against the president for promoting HCQ as an ailment.
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