According to a report from the Washington Examiner, a drug that was originally developed for the purpose of treating malaria is now showing signs of being a potential cure for Wuhan virus infections.
However, there still needs to be more testing.
Researchers and virologists in France recently finished a clinical trial examining the effects of hydroxychloroquine, which is used to treat arthritis, malaria, and other ailments, on patients with the Wuhan virus. Researchers treated 26 Wuhan virus patients with the drug, six of whom received the antibiotic azithromycin.
The researchers published their findings in a study released on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. According to the results, all six patients receiving hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin treatments tested negative for the virus after six days. Of the 20 individuals who received treatment with just hydroxychloroquine, 57.1 percent tested negative for the Wuhan virus after six days. Only 12.5 percent of the control group consisting of 16 other patients tested negative.
“Despite its small sample size our survey shows that hydroxychloroquine treatment is significantly associated with viral load reduction/disappearance in COVID-19 patients and its effect is reinforced by azithromycin,” the study related.
Didier Raoult, an infectious disease expert from l’Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire in Marseille, was the head of the research team conducting the study. Gregory Rigano, an adviser to the Stanford University School of Medicine SPARK Translational Research Program, is spearheading a program based on the results Raoult found to study the effects of hydroxychloroquine on treating the Wuhan virus.
Anthony Fauci is the chief expert in the United States on infectious diseases and has minimized the existence of a cure and instead believes that many drugs that are currently going through tests may actually reduce the severity of the Wuhan virus. In Fauci’s view, the best medical solution doctors can hope for is a vaccine, which he believes is about a year to 18 months away from being completed.
Rigano praised the results of the study on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight on Wednesday, asserting that hydroxychloroquine used with azithromycin is the second 100 percent cure for a virus ever discovered. Rigano urged President Donald Trump to “authorize the use of hydroxychloroquine against coronavirus immediately.”
A peer-reviewed study shows that 100% of patients, after 6 days of taking a Malaria drug were "virologically" cured
This is, reportedly, the 2nd 100% cure to a virus that has ever existed
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 19, 2020
The president frequently watches Tucker Carlson’s show and asks him for advice. Carlson allegedly changed Trump’s approach to the Wuhan virus by calling the disease “a very serious problem” during a monologue segment on March 9, in which he urged the administration and viewers not to panic but to prepare for “a painful period we are powerless to stop.”
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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