Science dampens hopes: Trump wants to use the Malaria drug against Covid-19

US President, Donald Trump pressed for the use of a Malaria drug in the treatment of Covid-19-Sick.

The drug chloroquine could be used in combination with the antibiotic Azithromycin “one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of medicine”, promoted Trump.

The combination should be used “IMMEDIATELY,” he said via Twitter. “What have we to lose?” he asked, following at a press conference in the White house.

The drug is effective against the new Coronavirus?

Critics warned, however, that the use of a drug for a new purpose is never without risks.

The Director of the National Institute for infectious diseases, Anthony Fauci, sought to get in the White house, then, to put this in perspective Trumps enthusiasm: There is so far only anecdotal reports of efficacy of the drug, but no serious clinical studies.

Fauci estimated that it is now a matter of the drug in a controlled and limited in use to gain data about the effectiveness of.

Also, the tübingen Institute for tropical medicine is planning to test the drug in the fight against Corona diseases in humans.

At least in the test tube, the antimalarial drug active against the Virus Sars-CoV-2, as the head of the Institute Peter Kremsner on Wednesday had declared. In China and Italy very many Covid have been treated Kremsner, according to the-19-patients with chloroquine.

It was unclear, however, whether or not with success, since the Diseased chloroquine had a part in very high dose and together with many other drugs.

“It can’t be, that it affects or even hurts,” said Kremsner.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

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