New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his state has acquired 70,000 Hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 Zithromax, and 750,000 Chloroquine from the Federal Government.
President Trump has repeatedly touted the Hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria, as a way to reduce the duration of COVID-19, which has already infected over 35,000 people in the U.S.
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains – Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents)…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2020
Hydroxychloroquine, which is sold under the brand name Plaquenil, was approved for use in the USA back in 1955. In a small, 36-patient study by French researchers published earlier this month, it was shown effective in killing the coronavirus.
Combined with the commonly prescribed antibiotic azithromycin, a subset of six patients all tested negative for the bug by the sixth day, the researchers found.
“This would be a gift from heaven, this would be a gift from God if it works,” Trump said of the potential treatment at a Saturday press conference. “We are going to pray to God that it does work.”
NY Gov. Cuomo announced trials would begin Tuesday.