Trump announces anti-malaria drug will be tested as coronavirus treatment, calls it ‘a game changer’
Monitoring Report
WASHINGTON: A miracle cure for the coronavirus is here — or maybe it’s not.
President Trump offered mixed messages Thursday as he announced that federal regulators have approved an anti-malaria drug for clinical testing on coronavirus patients, saying the medicine “could be a game-changer” or “maybe not.”
Speaking at a White House briefing, Trump said Chloriquine, which is typically used to cure malaria, had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a potential coronavirus drug.
“It shows very, very encouraging early results,” Trump said.
The president said Chloriquine will be made available to coronavirus patients “almost immediately.”
But then he offered a grain of skepticism.
“It could be a game-changer, and maybe not,” he said.