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Good News: Chloroquine Works Again on COVID-19 Patients

It doesn’t seem that long ago at all that the media was blasting away at President Donald Trump for, as they framed it, peddling the anti-malarial drug chloroquine as the “cure” for coronavirus. In fact, Trump did little more than raise the specter of hope that the anecdotal accounts of its effectiveness worldwide would prove to be more than coincidental.

When an Arizona man died after deciding to imbibe fish bowl cleaner as a preventative to coronavirus since it contained a form of chloroquine as one of the active ingredients, the media and other leftists blamed Trump for being “directly responsible.”

It was, of course, interesting to watch some of those voices grow relatively silent when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for his state’s doctors to begin using the drug.

But what’s interesting is what has occurred since that media fit. As it turns out, there may be reason for hope after all. What initially prompted Trump and Cuomo’s optimism was a small-scale clinical study in France of just 42 patients. Despite the encouraging results, infectious disease experts, including those on the president’s own team, were very skeptical about recommending treatments for potentially millions based only on the results from such a small trial.

The difficult balance is that large-scale, high-quality clinical studies that would normally be commissioned for something like this take far more time than anyone wants to wait. So President Trump fast-tracked approval through the FDA, allowing for experimental treatments to commence.

Meanwhile, in France, this just happened:

“The French government has officially sanctioned prescriptions of chloroquine to treat certain coronavirus patients,” France 24 English reported Saturday.

The move comes after infectious diseases specialist Didier Raoult announced new clinical results, which can be accessed here, that show 78 out of 80 patients treated with chloroquine recovered within five days, reported Trustnodes.

And here in the United States, this high-profile case recently made news:

Two days after “Lost” star Daniel Dae Kim took to social media to announce he had tested positive for the China-originated novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, the actor added a video-update crediting the President Donald Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine as the “secret weapon” drug in his recovery…

“[H]ere’s what I consider to be the secret weapon: hydroxychloroquine,” Kim stated. “This is a common anti-malarial drug that has been used with great success in Korea in their fight against the coronavirus. And yes, this is the drug that the president mentioned the other day.”

Kim acknowledged that his case, too, was anecdotal. But coupled with the new study in France, and other encouraging pieces of evidence, surely we can all be hopeful at this point?

Forget the politics, who will claim credit, who will receive gratitude, and let’s just pray the anecdotal cases keep multiplying by the thousands.

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