Trump says he’s taking controversial drug

Hydroxychloroquine unproven to combat coronavirus, but president has been weeks touting it as a potential cure.

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May 19, 2020 - 9:19 AM

President Donald Trump Photo by (Chris Kleponis/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is taking a malaria drug to protect against the coronavirus, despite warnings from his own government that it should only be administered for COVID-19 in a hospital or research setting due to potentially fatal side effects.

Trump told reporters Monday he has been taking the drug, hydroxychloroquine,  daily “for about a week and a half now.”

Trump has spent weeks pushing hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for COVID-19 against the cautionary advice of many of his administration’s top medical professionals. The drug has the potential to cause significant side effects in some patients and has not been shown to combat the new coronavirus.

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