The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Tuesday that he would definitely prescribe chloroquine to Americans diagnosed with coronavirus in the wake of testimonies stating it could treat the deadly disease.
Fauci Asked if Chloroquine Can Be Effective Against Coronavirus: “Yeah, of course”
Fauci appeared on Philadelphia’s AM 990 “The Answer Radio,” where host Chris Stigall asked him, “If you’re a doctor listening to me right now and a patient with coronavirus feels like they want to try [chloroquine] and you’re their doctor, you’re not Anthony Fauci the guy running the coronavirus task force, would you say ‘alright, we’ll give it a whirl?'”
“Yeah, of course, particularly if people have no other option,” Fauci replied.
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“You want to give them hope,” he continued. “In fact, for physicians in this country, these drugs are approved drugs for other reasons. They’re anti-malaria drugs and they’re drugs against certain autoimmune diseases, like lupus. Physicians throughout the country can prescribe that in an off-label way. Which means they can write it for something it was not originally approved for.”
He keeps refuting every dishonest, mean-spirited, divisive narrative from America's ravenous political media, but they'll keep trying to pit him against Trump… and you.
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“People do that all the time, and it really is an individual choice between the physician and his or her patient as to whether or not they want to do that,” Fauci added.
Dr. Fauci pushes back on the idea that he dismissed that Chloroquine could be effective against Coronavirus: “I’m not dismissing it at all and I hope that interpretation wasn’t widespread.” pic.twitter.com/2eFkIXlTop
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 20, 2020
The Political Insider reported last week that French doctors had found the anti-malaria medicine to be “100%” effective in treating coronavirus. When President Trump announced that chloroquine had been found to be successful in treating this rampant illness, some in the media tried to blame him for the tragic death of someone who had mistakenly ingested fish tank cleaner.
Despite Fauci giving chloroquine his seal of approval, Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an emergency order banning the use of the drug to treat coronavirus.
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— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) March 25, 2020
This could be very shortsighted. Just because someone who didn’t understand what they were taking made a tragic mistake, does that change Dr. Fauci’s statement that chloroquine can be effective in combatting coronavirus?
And are some going to pretend this isn’t the case simply because President Trump also said this?