by Sharon Rondeau
(May 15, 2020) — Just after the start of the 8:00 a.m. EDT hour of Friday’s “Fox & Friends,” White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway told the three co-hosts that later today, President Trump will be holding a briefing in the Rose Garden to make a “big announcement” on the development of a possible vaccine for the coronavirus.
The pandemic virtually shut down the country for two months, severely crippling the economy and initially causing the stock market to tumble.
Conway said that the progress to fight the virus will cut “red tape,” involve the military, and demonstrate that the Trump administration is moving at unprecedented speed to find treatment protocols for the virus, which has reportedly taken the lives of more than 300,000 worldwide.
Nearly 86,000 U.S. deaths are attributed to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
A treatment protocol about to receive official FDA approval, she said, is the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, the latter of which Conway said she “couldn’t pronounce” and which co-host Brian Kilmeade supplied.
Azithromycin is also known as “Z-Pak.” The combination has been touted not only by Trump, to much criticism, but also by a French doctor who conducted a study of approximately 1,000 patients and several U.S. physicians who say they have been using it to treat coronavirus successfully, particularly if the patient is treated early on.
In late March, the FDA approved hydroxychloroquine, long used to treat malaria and lupus, on an emergency basis for treatment of COVID-19 given that clinical trials for the virus had not yet been completed in the U.S.
Update, 9:10 a.m. EDT: Fox News’s John Roberts announced that the new White House endeavor to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine is called, “Operation Warp Speed” and modeled after the World War II “Manhattan Project” in some respects. The president will address the nation at noon, “America’s Newsroom” co-host Ed Henry reported.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.