“We issued an emergency use authorization for the drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. These are drugs that are currently used for a couple types of arthritis but also for malaria. This allowed us to accept donations of the drug into the country and increase the access to those drugs as we’ve seen a surge in the prescriptions associated with them.”
Dr. Hahn emphasized, “We don’t have the sort of final and definitive information and data around the use of these drugs. There are some encouraging reports about the use of these drugs for COVID-19 but the FDA can’t say definitively that they are effective against COVID-19.”
In addition to the usage of these drugs to fight the virus, Dr. Hahn also told Zeoli the FDA already has a potential vaccine in clinical trials.
“We’ve already been working with a number of manufacturers. And we have already have one that is in clinical trials, looking at the safety. That started two weeks ago, exactly today. I mean, record speed in terms of getting a vaccine into a clinical trial. “
He continued, “ That usually takes about 12-18 months to develop a vaccine but we’re really pushing hard in terms of the development. And we’ll do everything we can for the one we’re looking at right now and the several others that are available.”
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