Dr. Anthony Fauci: No clash with Trump on malaria drug for coronavirus

Anthony Fauci, the main scientist in the U.S. coronavirus response, says combining a malaria drug with certain antibiotics shows “anecdotal” promise for COVID-19 patients and that his push for more proof doesn’t mean he is clashing with President Trump. “I think there’s this issue of trying to separate the two of us. There isn’t fundamentally a difference there,” Dr. Fauci, the director of the told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “He’s coming at it from a hope-layperson standpoint. I’m coming at it from a scientific standpoint.” Mr. Trump last week said he directed the Food and Drug Administration to speed the use of (hydroxy)chloroquine — a well-established antimalarial drug — and azithromycin antibiotics to treat coronavirus patients, citing studies that suggest it can help. The president said it might be a “game-changer.” Dr. Fauci sounded a bit hesitant from the White House podium. He said the medical world must conduct clinical trials to ensure the combo is safe and effective — a process that can take months — but that he’s not trying to pick a fight with the president. “I’m not disagreeing with the fact, anecdotally, they might work,” Dr. Fauci told CBS. “But my job is to prove definitely from a scientific standpoint that they do work.” Mr. Trump got a boost from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who on Sunday said he wants to see if the drug combination is effective. His state has seen the most coronavirus cases in the U.S. He said New York will begin a trial of (hydroxy)chloroquine and azithromycin on Tuesday.

The dominantly liberal mainstream media are desperately trying to somehow suggest that there is a rift between well-respected Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Trump, so as to find something attack Trump over.  It’s the epitome of “fake news.”  I watched the exchange during the press briefing in question, and it seemed perfectly normal and appropriate.  President Trump, while responding to a reporter’s question, expressed his optimism in the potential of using this drug, from the perspective of a lay person.  Then, Dr. Fauci followed up with the technical, scientific disclaimer to ensure the media understood what he and the rest of the Wuhan virus task-force were doing with respect to it.  Again, more bs and fake news by the liberal media.  There was “no there, there.”  When we see this sorta nonsense, we’ll be sure to set the record straight.  The issues surrounding the Wuhan virus are complicated enough as it is, without the dominantly liberal mainstream media (i.e. CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, PBS/NPR, the Washington Post, the NY Times, etc,) working tirelessly to undermine the efforts of this task-force who have no political agenda.  They exist solely to solve this problem and save lives.

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