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by Sharon Rondeau

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, public domain

(Aug. 14, 2020) — During an interview in the 7:00-8:00 a.m. EDT hour of Friday’s “Fox & Friends,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA23) told the three co-hosts that approximately “600 therapeutics” to battle the novel coronavirus, or “COVID-19,” are “coming online” in the near future.

On July 28, President Trump said that “within two weeks,” a major breakthrough in the development of therapeutic drugs would be announced.  Trump has also recently touted the advanced clinical testing of an array of vaccines as part of “Operation Warp Speed” to eliminate the virus and restore the American economy.

Domestically to date, Remdesivir, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have been identified by various medical professionals, respectively, as playing a possible positive role in shortening the length and severity of the virus. In the case of hydroxychloroquine, several physicians say that its effectiveness is highest when administered in the early stage of the disease.

As of late April, the CDC reported, “There are no drugs or other therapeutics presently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent or treat COVID-19. Current clinical management includes infection prevention and control measures and supportive care, including supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilatory support when indicated.”

Trump has frequently referred to COVID-19, which erupted in Wuhan Province, China, as the “Wuhan virus,” “China virus” or “Chinese plague” to much criticism from the media and its pundits.



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