On Thursday during a White House Task Force briefing, the Commander in Chief announced the FDA approval of Hydroxychloroquine for treatment of the coronavirus after a new study reveals that hydroxychloroquine, a drug that was developed over half a century ago to treat malaria, is showing signs that it may help treat COVID-19 when combined with an antibiotic.
Sunday during a press conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that New York will start “implementing the trial drug” to treat Coronavirus.
“We’re also implementing the trial drug. We have secured 70,000 Hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 Zithromax, [and 750,000 Chloroquine] from the federal government,” Governor Cuomo said.
“I want to thank the FDA for moving very expeditiously to get us this supply. The president ordered the FDA to move and the FDA moved. We’re going to get this supply and the trial will start this Tuesday,” he announced.
“The president is optimistic about these drugs and we are all optimistic that it could work. I’ve spoken to a number of health officials and there is a good basis to believe that they could work,” Governor Cuomo added.
“The American people are looking for answers and they’re looking for hope,” the Commander in Chief said Friday during a Coronavirus Task Force briefing. (Continued Below)
NBC’s White House correspondent Peter Alexander, on Friday, had challenged the president’s statement that he was hopeful about the efficacy of a Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax that may help with the coronavirus.
“Is your impulse to put a positive spin on things maybe a false sense of hope– on the non-approved drug?” Alexander asked the president.
“Such a lovely question,” the president sarcastically responded. “It may work and it may not work. I feel good about it. …The FDA is working very hard to get it out. I’m not being overly optimistic or pessimistic. I sure as hell think we ought to give it a try. … Let’s see what happens,” the president said. (Video Below)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s official remarks:
President Trump’s exchange with NBC’s Peter Alexander:
Governor Cuomo’s full briefing: