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Trump on hydroxychloroquine for ten days

The President of the United States revealed on Monday that he was taking this drug as a preventative against coronavirus. And this in disregard of the recommendations of the American health authorities. What raise a new controversy.

The President of the United States revealed on Monday that he was taking this drug as a preventative against coronavirus. And this in disregard of the recommendations of the American health authorities. What raise a new controversy.

(AFP) – “I have been taking it for a week and a half (…) I am taking one tablet a day,” Trump said in an exchange with White House journalists about hydroxychloroquine. . Used for a long time against malaria, the possible efficacy against the coronavirus of this treatment has not, to date, been demonstrated by any rigorous study. Not enough to start the determination of the tenant of the White House.

At the end of April, the American Medicines Agency (FDA) warned against using this antimalarial “outside of a hospital or clinical trials”. In particular, she highlighted “the risk of heart rhythm disorders”. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic President of the House of Representatives, said it was “not a good idea (…) He is our President and I would prefer that he not take something that has not been approved by scientists, particularly in his age category and, let’s say, in his weight category, called morbid obesity ”.

At the same time that the American president made this unexpected announcement, the Johns Hopkins University, which refers, announced that the United States had crossed the bar of 90,000 deaths linked to Covid-19 on Monday.

For several months, Donald Trump has been very enthusiastic about the possible effects of this drug to fight against the new coronavirus. “It’s very exciting. I think it could be a game-changer. Or maybe not. But from what I saw, it could be a game-changer, ”he said in mid-March. In front of reporters, Mr. Trump explained at length his choice to use this medicine as a preventive measure. “You would be surprised to find out how many people are taking it, especially those on the front lines. Before catching it (the virus), “he said. “It won’t hurt me,” he continued.

The president of the first world power stressed that it was a personal initiative but that he had obtained the green light from the White House doctor. Proof that he was happy with his surprise effect, the former New York businessman had fun of his announcement in front of the journalists. “I was waiting to see your eyes light up when I said that … Yes, I’ve been taking it for a week and a half and I’m still here!”


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