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Chloroquine/ Hydroxychloroquine Prevention of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the Healthcare Setting (COPCOV) | US Gov't NIH Clinical Trials |
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COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Awards $20 Million in Initial Grants to Fund Clinical Trials | Gates Foundation |
Three Weeks, Two Drug Trials: An update on the Therapeutics Accelerator with Trevor Mundel | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation |
Inaugural lecture from Martin Llewelyn: Disappearance of 'Professional' Pathogens
These trials had been started in March ... hmm
Trump Says FDA Approved Anti-Malaria Drug Chloroquine To Test As Coronavirus Treatment | Forbes – March 19, 2020 |
President Trump said in a press briefing that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, drugs used to treat malaria and severe arthritis, were approved by the Food and Drug Administration to test as a COVID-19 coronavirus treatment, as the number of cases nationwide continues to increase.
“What’s also important is not to provide false hope,” said Hahn, who spoke after Trump, adding, “We may have the right drug, but it might not be in the appropriate dosage form right now, and it might do more harm than good.”
- The drugs will be used in a clinical trial, according to FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, who spoke during the press briefing.
- Trump also said that other antiviral medications will be fast-tracked for FDA approval.
What to watch for: Any updates on hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine or other treatments. Trump said he spoke to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo about chloroquine, and that the governor wanted to be “first in line” to access the drug for the state’s 4,100 coronavirus patients.
Fast forward …
○ Trump says he takes hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection even though it’s an unproven treatment | CNBC |
Trump allies identifying pro-Trump doctors to publicly support his views
Trump allies are working on an initiative to have pro-Trump doctors publicly support the president and his views, multiple senior Trump campaign official confirmed to CBS News. The move comes amid the president's determination to boost the economy, which has been ravaged by the deadly coronavirus.
"The purpose of campaign coalitions is to amplify and promote President Trump's accomplishments and point of view. The president has been outspoken about the fact that he wants to get the country back open as soon and as safely as possible because there are also health risks associated with a prolonged lockdown," Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said. "There are a lot of doctors who agree with that and support what the President has done to combat the coronavirus."
French doctor …
○ The French Renegade Scientist Behind Chloroquine, Donald Trump's Miracle Coronavirus Cure | Esquire |
○ FDA cautions against use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problem | FDA – Apr. 24, 2020 |
Trump’s chloroquine hype is a misinformation problem bigger than social media | The Verge |
Since late March, President Donald Trump has been promoting the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as treatments for the novel coronavirus. Among other things, he’s described “strong, powerful signs” that the drugs work and called them potentially “one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine.” That will be fantastic if it proves true, but right now, we have no idea. As the hype around the drugs has grown, it’s demonstrated that disinformation isn’t always a social media problem. And it’s forcing platforms and traditional media to grapple with preventing powerful people, not just anonymous trolls, from twisting the truth.
Researchers are still testing hydroxychloroquine, also sold under the name Plaquenil, as a COVID-19 treatment. There’s been a study with tentatively positive results (and some serious limitations), but also a few studies that show little to no therapeutic effect.
Twitter recently removed a video from Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who asserted that the drugs were “working in all cases.” (It also removed Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro’s claim about a virus-stopping “brew.”) It took down tweets from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who called the treatment “100 percent effective” after touting a New York doctor’s dubious claims about a cure, and Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who misleadingly described a patient’s “Lazarus”-like recovery. Facebook also removed the Bolsonaro video and flagged the “100 percent effective” claim as false.
As the Trump @DC swamp expands: Executive privilege