Washington, United States:
President Donald Trump continues to see a malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, as a promising drug for preventing coronavirus infection, the White House said on Thursday, despite the U.S. Food and Drug Agency's declaration that its effectiveness and safety have not been proven.
"The President has always said that he sees hydroxychloroquine as a promising prophylactic, but that everyone shouldn't take it unless he gets a prescription from his doctor," White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said at a press conference.
Donald Trump told reporters in May that he started taking hydroxychloroquine after two White House employees tested positive for COVID-19.
His doctor said last month that Donald Trump had no side effects after a two-week treatment with the malaria drug, which can cause heart problems.
Earlier this week, another world leader, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he had tested positive for the virus and was taking hydroxychloroquine.
Bolsonaro has urged his government to make the drug widely available and has encouraged Brazilians to use it both for the treatment of COVID-19 and for prevention.
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