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Trump to finish hydroxychloroquine regimen 'in a day or two'

Thursday May 21 2020

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will finish his preventative hydroxychloroquine regimen "in a day or two". PHOTO | MAURO PIMENTEL | AFP 

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will finish his preventative hydroxychloroquine regimen "in a day or two".

"I think the regimen finishes in a day or two. I think it's in two days," Trump told reporters at a White House event.

The comments came two days after he announced he had taken the anti-malaria drug on a daily basis for some two weeks as a preventative measure against Covid-19.

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Trump has frequently touted hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the coronavirus, despite warnings that it can cause heart problems.

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned last month against the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for Covid-19 "outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems".

"Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing Covid-19," the FDA said in a release.

"They are being studied in clinical trials for Covid-19."