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President Trump takes controversial anti-malarial drug

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The US President Donald Trump has admitted he is taking the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against coronavirus.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have previously said there is no evidence the drug prevents against the virus.

Trump revealed that he has been taking the disputed anti-malarial drug the last week and said he has “zero symptoms.”

He told reporters that “I get a lot of positive calls about it.”

He continued, “I’ve heard a lot of good stories. And if it is not good, I will tell you right.

“I’m not going to get hurt by it. It has been around for 40 years for malaria, for lupus, for other things.”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have warned against the use of the drug due to the risk of a serious heart rhythm problems.

In two other separate studies published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) said, patients who were given the drug, did not improve significantly over those who did not.

Professor Sir David King, of Cambridge University who advised the UK government under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, gave his thoughts on Trump’s approach to science.

Sir David told ITV’s Good Morning Britain, “I think he speaks from the top of his head and every word he says should be ignored in terms of advice.

“I’m sorry but this is not the pronouncements of a person who is listening to the scientists. He is making it up as he goes along.”




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