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More Good News On COVID-19.

Several good (actually great) stories on the news front today about COVID-19.

First up, President Trump has announced the FDA has cleared Hydroxychloroquine for use in clinical trials for curing COVID-19.

President Trump confirmed Thursday that Hydroxychloroquine has been approved by FDA for prescription treatment of COVID-19.

“We slashed red tape to develop vaccines and therapies as fast as it can possibly be done, long before anybody else was even thinking about doing this,” he said. “As we race to develop a vaccine we’re also pursuing anti-viral therapies…and to me that’s even more important. The vaccine by its nature you have to have long tests…the therapies are something we can move on much faster potentially.”

“Clinical trials are already underway for many new therapies,” he said, noting that if treatments have been known to be safe in other countries, they will consider them. “Nothing will stand in our way.”

But as for the use of chloroquine, or hydroxychloroquine, Trump said it’s “been around for a long time, and it’s very powerful.”

“The nice part is it’s been around for a long time so we know if things don’t go as planned it’s not going to kill anybody…It’s shown very, very encouraging early results,” he said. “We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately and that’s where the FDA has been so great….they took [the approval process] down from many, many months to immediate. … We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately.”

We have been following the idea of chloroquine as a curative since we read this scientific paper:

Summary

Recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that chloroquine is an effective antiviral therapeutic treatment against Coronavirus Disease 2019. Use of chloroquine (tablets) is showing favorable outcomes in humans infected with Coronavirus including faster time to recovery and shorter hospital stay. US CDC research shows that chloroquine also has strong potential as a prophylactic (preventative) measure against coronavirus in the lab, while we wait for a vaccine to be developed. Chloroquine is an inexpensive, globally available drug that has been in widespread human use since 1945 against malaria, autoimmune and various other conditions.

The Defense Production Act of 1950 allows the President to demand the manufacture of goods for the “defense of the country.”

Containing seven separate titles, the DPA allowed the President, among other powers, to demand that manufacturers give priority to defense production, to requisition materials and property, to expand government and private defense production capacity, ration consumer goods, fix wage and price ceilings, force settlement of some labor disputes, control consumer credit and regulate real estate construction credit and loans, provide certain antitrust protections to industry, and establish a voluntary reserve of private sector executives who would be available for emergency federal employment.

Some of these, such as the power to “give priority to defense production” and to “fix wage and price ceilings,” amount at least in some measure to switching from a market economy to a command economy. The wage and price controls and some other powers have lapsed and are no longer in force, but some remain. For example, under 50 U.S.C. § 4511(a),

The President is hereby authorized (1) to require that performance under contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) which he deems necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense shall take priority over performance under any other contract or order, and, for the purpose of assuring such priority, to require acceptance and performance of such contracts or orders in preference to other contracts or orders by any person he finds to be capable of their performance, and (2) to allocate materials, services, and facilities in such manner, upon such conditions, and to such extent as he shall deem necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense.

We read that to mean that it is possible for the President to order manufacturers to pick up any slack in the manufacturing of hydroxychloroquine to bring relief to Americans.

On a different, but similar front, a French peer reviewed trial has produced a 100% cure rate:

On Wednesday, Gregory Rigano, an advisor to the Stanford University School of Medicine, claimed that a world-renowned French researcher had tested a promising cure for coronavirus.

He tweeted: “Full peer-reviewed study has been released by Didier Raoult MD, PhD. After 6 days 100% of patients treated with HCQ + Azithromycin were virologically cured.”

UPDATE:

Full peer reviewed study has been released by Didier Raoult MD, PhD https://t.co/DzFTv13wYn.

After 6 days 100% of patients treated with HCQ + Azithromycin were virologically cured

p-value <.0001https://t.co/vttAIWbPwJ — Gregory Rigano (@RiganoESQ) March 18, 2020

Appearing on Fox News Wednesday night, Rigano followed up by stating:

And I’m here to report that as of this morning, about 5:00 this morning, a well-controlled peer-reviewed study carried out by the most eminent infectious disease specialist in the world—Didier Raoult, MD, PhD—out of the south of France, in which he enrolled 40 patients, again, a well-controlled peer review study, that showed a 100 percent cure rate against coronavirus. The study was released this morning on my Twitter account, @Riganoesq as well as our most recent website, @covidtrial.io. The study was recently accepted to the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents by Elsevier.

Even more good news:

On Monday, The Daily Wire reported that an Australian team had announced they might have found a cure for coronavirus, and it was in a similar vein:

According to infectious disease experts at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, they may have found a treatment that could possibly eliminate the coronavirus. “University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson told news.com.au today they have seen two drugs used to treat other conditions wipe out the virus in test tubes,” News.com.au reported Monday.

The two medications Paterson referred to are Chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and HIV-suppressing combination lopinavir/ritonavir. Paterson told the outlet that it seemed reasonable to call the drugs “a treatment or a cure … It’s a potentially effective treatment. Patients would end up with no viable coronavirus in their system at all after the end of therapy.”

It appears that the path to cures is along the road of chloroquine, which has been around since 1945, in combination with one of several HIV drugs.

To us, that is really good news.




2 Responses to “More Good News On COVID-19.”

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  2. Tim Schultz says:

    Excellent! Good news is good for your immune system.

  3. CB Local says:

    One more silver lining. Just got back from my bike ride and noticed that many more folks are getting outdoors and exercising (walking, jogging, biking, etc). Great to see and exercise helps boost your immune system. Hopefully this will bring about some long term changes in all of our lifestyles for the better. Stay safe, wash you hands frequently, and get outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Disclaimer: always check with the doc before starting any serious exercise program.

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