The experimental coronavirus treatment hydroxychloroquine is showing some real promise, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.
As Democrats slam Trump for publicly promoting the drug, Cuomo said that there is real-world evidence that the drug is effective, The Hill reported. While Cuomo hedged that the medication has not been thoroughly studied scientifically as a treatment for COVID-19, he also added, “There has been anecdotal evidence that it is promising; that’s why we’re going ahead.”
Cuomo: Drug “anecdotally” promising
The left has criticized Trump for talking up the effectiveness of the drug, which he called a “game changer,” because it hasn’t been proven to work as a coronavirus treatment. Trump’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said that chloroquine may work “anecdotally” but that it needs to be studied scientifically.
But the media’s pearl clutching hasn’t stopped Democratic governors on the frontlines of the coronavirus battle from seeking the medication for their hospitals. In New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in America, trials of chloroquine have been underway for weeks.
At a press briefing Monday, Gov. Cuomo said that hospitals in his state have administered chloroquine in combination with antibiotic drug Zithromax and that the trials have shown promise so far. Echoing Fauci, he noted that there isn’t a large enough data set to prove the drugs work against COVID-19 (no kidding?), but that doctors have been given the green light to use it at their discretion.
Media, Dems eat crow
No treatments have been explicitly developed to fight the coronavirus as of yet — naturally, since this is a new pandemic — but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved chloroquine for emergency use late last month, Politico reported.
That decision prompted some embarrassing reversals like that made by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who requested more of the drug for her hard-hit state after threatening to administratively punish doctors who would administer it.
Trump has feuded with Whitmer notably, as the president blames states for failing to prepare stockpiles of supplies. Democrats and much of the media have accused Trump of failing to prepare for the pandemic and promoting “lies” over “science.”
The anti-malarial drug was also touted as the most effective medication available in a recent international poll of doctors, Fox News reports, and a medical group that specializes in respiratory diseases has recommended its use for critically ill patients. According to the New York Post, Dr. Kevin Wilson of the American Thoracic Society said that the drug’s use is appropriate in part because it can help experts learn about its effect on coronavirus patients.
“Light at the end of the tunnel”
The New York Times published an article Monday pointing out that Trump has a tiny stake in a company that manufactures chloroquine, but the claim was mocked by independent journalist Mike Cernovich, who argued that Trump’s stocks probably don’t amount to more than $435.
Trump has sought to send a message of hope, even while bluntly describing the devastation that Americans can expect in the days and weeks ahead. The president said this week that there is “light at the end of the tunnel” as he touted progress being made on potential treatments and vaccines.
While the media may want Trump — and America — to fail in this fight, the governors on the front lines know the stakes, and fortunately, they aren’t letting anti-Trump partisanship get in the way.