President Donald Trump suggested US health officials should have a "good idea" in "the next three days" whether the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which is being tested as a treatment for COVID-19, is effective in fighting the coronavirus, reported CNBC.
"Hydroxychloroquine is something that I have been pushing very hard," Trump said Monday, adding "it's been used now in New York at my request -- 1100 people. It's been used. I think that's better than testing it in a laboratory, but the doctors tell me no."
Last week, New York State began the first large-scale clinical trial using a combination of chloroquine and azithromycin to treat the coronavirus after the FDA fast-tracked the approval process.
Chloroquine has gained a lot of attention after a small study of 36 COVID-19 patients published March 17 in France found that most patients taking the drug cleared the coronavirus from their system a lot faster than the control group.
Adding the antibiotic azithromycin, commonly known as a Z-Pak, to the mix "was significantly more efficient for virus elimination," the researchers said.
Meanwhile, a small study in China also found that combining chloroquine with azithromycin was "more potent than chloroquine."
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