Washington DC, Jul 28 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States on Tuesday doubled down in his defense of hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment against COVID-19 despite multiple studies that discourage its use.
“I happen to think it works in the early stages (of the disease),” Donald Trump argued during a White House press conference focused on his government’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic, which has already left more than 149,000 dead in the US.
Trump was also asked by a reporter about his retweet of a video on Monday that defended the efficacy of the drug, a recording that both Twitter and Facebook took down for containing false public health information.
“There was a woman who was spectacular in her statements about it, that she’s had tremendous success with it and they took her voice off,” Trump said.
He was referring to one of the doctors in the video, Stella Immanuel, who The Daily Beast reported has linked certain medical conditions with having sex with demons, and believes in alien DNA is being used in medical treatments, among other things. In the video she said: “You don’t need masks. There is a cure.”
“She was on air, along with many other doctors. They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine. And I thought she was very impressive… I thought her voice was an important voice. But I know nothing about her,” said the president, who suspended the press conference when pressed on the matter.
Earlier, Trump had insisted that the anti-malarial drug is safe and that it does not cause problems, despite the fact that experts in his own government have warned of possible heart problems, among other issues. On July 1, the Food and Drug Administration advised against its use.
“I took it for a 14-day period, and I’m here. Right? I’m here,” Trump said.
He also claimed that “large portions of our country, it’s — it’s corona-free” and that there are “improvements across the major metro areas and most hot spots.”
The US, however, remains the country most affected by the coronavirus with more than 4.3 million confirmed cases and more than 149,000 deaths, and it has some 20 states with significant outbreaks.
“We are watching very carefully California, Arizona, Texas and most of Florida is starting to head down in the right direction – and I think you’ll see it rapidly head down very soon,” he said. EFE-EPA