US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he expects a drug used for malaria treatments and a prescribed antibiotic to be used “immediately” against different types of infections, including respiratory infections.
“HYDROXYCHLOROKIN AND AZYTHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance of being one of the biggest turning points in the history of medicine,” Trump wrote on his Twitter account.
The president ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in charge, among other things, of protecting public health in the United States, “has moved mountains.”
“THANK YOU!” Trump said referring to that entity, noting that “hopefully” both drugs will be put to use “IMMEDIATELY.”
“PEOPLE ARE DYING, IT MOVES QUICKLY,” added his message, stating that “H works best with A.”
Different publications have echoed a study by French researchers and in review to be published by the specialized journal International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents on the first evidence that combining hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin could be effective in the treatment of COVID-19 and reduce the duration of the virus in patients.
Last Thursday, during the daily press conference at the White House, Trump had advocated the use of chloroquine and Remdesivir in coronavirus patients across the country, though soon afterward FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn warned that for now they will only be used “in the context of a clinical trial”.
Chloroquine, a drug used for decades to fight malaria, and Remdesivir, developed to fight Ebola by the American pharmacist Gilead, have shown to “effectively inhibit” the new coronavirus in vitro, according to a study by a group of Chinese scientists. published in February in the journal Nature.
The state of New York decreed yesterday that all non-essential service employees must stop going to their jobs and working from their homes in order to reduce the rate of coronavirus infections, while in California a quarantine of which only basic services are delivered.
US coronavirus cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are around 15,219 (between confirmed and suspected) and 201 deaths, although estimates from John Hopkins University point to 19,931 confirmed cases in the country and 275 deaths, 83 of them in Washington state, 56 in New York and 24 in California.