Trump Defends Use of Hydroxychloroquine
U.S. President Donald Trump is defending his promotion and personal use of an anti-malaria drug as a medication against COVID-19.
“This is an individual decision to make,” Trump said, adding that the decades-old drug, hydroxychloroquine, has a “great reputation.” The president has tested negative for COVID-19 several times.
There is no solid scientific evidence that the drug can prevent or treat the disease caused by the coronavirus, which has killed an estimated 321,999 people globally.
A retrospective analysis based on data from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration determined that the drug as a treatment for COVID-19 – combined with the antibiotic azithromycin or not – not only may not help mitigate the virus’s effect,