US President Donald Trump said on Monday he is taking hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug he has touted despite clinical warnings regarding its use as a preventive medicine against the coronavirus.
“I’ve been taking it for the last week and a half. A pill every day,” Trump told reporters.
Trump made the revelation in a question-and-answer session with reporters during a meeting with restaurant executives concerning the effect of the virus.
Weeks ago, Trump had encouraged the drug as a possible treatment for the virus, but subsequent studies discovered that it wasn’t helpful.
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Trump, 73, who is examined daily for the virus, said he had asked the White House doctor if it was OK to take the medication, and the doctor told him, “well, if you’d like it.”
The disclosure came as Moderna Inc reported advancement in a vaccine. The only drug that has emerged as a treatment is Gilead Sciences Inc’s redelivery, a medication.
Fox News Channel, promptly after Trump’s remarks, interviewed Dr. Bob Lahita, who cautioned people not to take hydroxychloroquine.
“There is no impact that we’ve seen, and we’ve treated multiple patients using it,” he explained.