Trump says he's taking malaria drug in case he gets virus

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Trump said China only pays about $40 million a year and one idea was for Washington to bring "our 450 down to 40", but "some people thought that was too much".

Trump was responding to a question about Dr. Rick Bright, the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, who told Congress he was transferred to another job after he declined to be pressured to push hydroxychloroquine despite studies suggesting it could cause serious side effects, including death.

He dismissed reports of side effects, saying, "All I can tell you is, so far I seem to be OK".

He said he's confident in the drugs because he's heard good things about them.

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Trump said that hospital workers and doctors have been taking the drug, "I think people should be allowed to". I'd like to take it.

Hydroxychloroquine and a related compound chloroquine have been used for decades to treat malaria, as well as the autoimmune disorders lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

'You're not going to get sick or die, ' he said about taking the medication.

'At some point I'll stop, ' he added.

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President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to lessen symptoms should he get the new coronavirus, even though the drug is unproven for fighting COVID-19.

It was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and follows an earlier study in the New England Journal of Medicine that also showed the drug doesn't fight the virus.

"I asked him, 'What do you think?' He said, 'Well if you'd like it.'" I said, 'Yeah I'd like it.

Additionally, the US Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health issued warnings about using the drugs for coronavirus patients.

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But the U.S. government agency has cited reports that the drug can cause serious heart rhythm problems in Covid-19 patients, as it warned last month against use of the medication outside hospitals. But you look at front-line workers.

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