Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose facial reactions at Trump’s press conference Friday have gone viral, warned the American public to not take the President’s assertions that the two drugs Hydroxchloroquine and Azithromycin, when taken together “have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains – Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents)…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2020
The two men have now been giving conflicting public recommendations for a few days.
When reporters asked both men — first Fauci, then Trump — if a malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine could be used to prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. A day earlier, when Fauci wasn’t with him at that briefing, Trump had called attention to the drug. “No,” Fauci said the following day. “The answer … is no.
“The information that you’re referring to specifically is anecdotal,” Fauci added. “It was not done in a controlled clinical trial, so you really can’t make any definitive statement about it.”
“I don’t want to embarrass him,” Fauci, who has become one of the public faces of the administration’s response, told The New York Times in an interview published on Saturday. “I don’t want to act like a tough guy, like I stood up to the president. I just want to get the facts out. And instead of saying, ‘You’re wrong,’ all you need to do is continually talk about what the data are and what the evidence is.”
The Hill reported: The comments came as President Trump continues to tout an anti-malaria drug as a coronavirus cure, despite health officials’ warnings that not enough is known about its effects to draw a conclusion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to approve the drug’s use to treat COVID-19.