Coronavirus patients will be treated with the long-known and affordable antiviral drugs.
In the USA, hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) will be used as an experimental treatment for the treatment of COVID-19 coronavirus. On Thursday, March 19, said President Donald Trump.
вЂњThe drug hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria and arthritis, a very powerful medicine. The drug has shown very encouraging results. We intend to immediately make the drug available,вЂќ he said.
Trump added that the advantage of this drug is that it does not need to be licensed. He already has market access.
вЂњAnother Gilead drug, Remdesivir, for other uses, has shown very good results in the fight against this virus. This medicine is soon to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration,вЂќ Trump said.
This decision was made due to the fact that the development of a vaccine against coronavirus will take a lot of time.
вЂњSo we canceled bureaucratic obstacles to developing vaccines and treatment programs as fast as possible вЂ” much earlier than anyone even thought to do it. As you know, earlier this week we started the first clinical trials of a variant of the vaccine against the virus вЂњIt started in record time, within a few weeks,вЂќ the American president recalled.
According to him, several drugs are in development at once.
FDA Commissioner Stephen Khan, speaking after Trump's statement, said the malaria drug will be tested to treat COVID-19 вЂњin a very large clinical trial.вЂќ At the same time, an authentic coronavirus vaccine will be ready no sooner than in a year, Khan added.
Recall that on March 17 in the United States, four volunteers were given a new vaccine. There will be 45 volunteers in total, and trials will last more than a year.
According to the latest data, 10,259 cases of coronavirus infection were registered in the USA, 152 people died.