Republican Senator Breaks With Trump on Hydroxychloroquine: I’m Not a Doctor

Republican Senator Breaks With Trump on Hydroxychloroquine: I’m Not a Doctor


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Janet Ybarra
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While Donald Trump has continued to tell Americans that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine should be a recognized medication against COVID-19, one of his Republican allies said such decision making should be left to trained medical professionals.

Despite Trump’s enthusiasm, medical professionals, including federal coronavirus task force member Dr Anthony Fauci, has been more circumspect about its use given the lack of scientific evidence that it’s safe and effective against COVID-19.

There have been more than 1.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The virus has killed more than 83,000.

In the United States, there have been 427,460 cases reported, including 14,696 deaths, according to the most recent data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Some individuals, including Hollywood actor Daniel Dae Kim, swear by the benefits of hydroxychloroquine, after being cured of COVID-19 after taking it. But such experiences are entirely anecdotal at this point.

“I’m talking to the [Food and Drug Administration] FDA all the time and I’m supportive of doing all we can to waive things that get in the way of doing the right thing here. I don’t know, in the case of this medicine, even though it’s been proven safe if you have malaria and don’t have other decisions, you want to be sure it’s safe for everybody. I don’t know that,” Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said in a radio interview. “I’m certainly in a position to tell the FDA administrator, I think they should do everything they reasonably can to have public safety and waive rules when they can be waived. But I’m — I’m not a doctor and I’m not going to become one on this call.”

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    Michaele Vestal April 11, 2020

    Exactly what does this drug do…………how does it work on the Coronavirus to kill it? Will it work on everyone who has the virus? Does it work better at earlier stage of disease? What would possible contraindications be (i.e. those with diabetes, heart condition etc.) What are side effects? How was it proven that this drug is what caused the ‘cure’ of the patient(s) suffering from the virus?