NY DRUG TRIALS: President Trump Sending Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromycin to NYC – the Epicenter of Coronavirus


A specific combination of existing drugs has shown it is capable of wiping out the #coronavirus in a study conducted in France. NY will start clinical drug trials on Tuesday for two newly approved drugs by the FDA including Chloroquine, which is used to treat malaria.

New York State will start trial testing antiviral medicines on Tuesday in an ongoing effort to stem the coronavirus pandemic statewide, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Sunday.

  • 70,000 Hydroxychloroquine –
  • 10,000 Zithromax
  • 750,000 Chloroquine From the Federal Government.

Trials will start Tuesday.

President Trump is sending thousands of samples of the drugs hydrooxychloroquine, zithromax and chloroquine to New York for testing.

President Donald Trump drew attention Thursday to drugs often used to treat illnesses like malaria that could also help treat COVID-19 patients.

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In January, researchers at the University of Utah identified hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as effective methods of COVID-19 treatment after conducting a series of test tube studies, according to Dr. Kurt Hegmann, center director of Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah.

Multiple studies and reports testing the efficacy of the drugs around the world have also shown positive results, Hegmann said during a Friday press conference with politicians, health professionals and business owners.

Two days ago, a study conducted and published in France showed a stark drop in virus replication among patients who were prescribed the drugs, in contrast with those who weren’t, Hegmann explained. While the study was not randomized, it’s exceptionally difficult to see results that stark caused by another factor, he added.

“We’re going to get this supply and the trial will start this Tuesday,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing on the pandemic in Albany. “[President Donald Trump] is optimistic about these drugs and we are all optimistic that it could work. I’ve spoken with a number of health officials and there is a good basis to believe that they could work.”

These drugs are especially exciting because they’ve already been around for 80 years now, said Senate President J. Stewart Adams. And side effects generally only display themselves if a patient has been taking the medication for years, Richards added. (KSL)


Coronavirus: NY Gov. Cuomo says state to start clinical drug trial, authorizes temporary hospitals, asks US to nationalize medical supply buying

New York state is  running a clinical trial beginning Tuesday of a treatment regimen of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, two drugs that doctors in Africa and elsewhere say they’ve seen good results in fighting the virus.

The new state measures Cuomo announced include:

  • Army Corp of Engineers to construct four temporary hospitals in Stony Brook, Westchester, Westbury and the Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan. The locations were chosen for various reasons including dormitory space for medical personnel
  • FEMA to construct four federal hospitals of 250 beds each
  • New York City to present a plan to reduce social interaction and density in parks and public spaces within 24 hours for the state to review
  • Hospitals must create plans to increase capacity by at least 50 percent, with a goal of 100 percent increase
  • All elective non-critical surgery will be canceled as of Wednesday
  • New York State will begin implementing trials of two drugs to treat COVID-19, the anti-malaria drug chloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin on Tuesday.

Cuomo said that New York State currently has 53,000 hospital beds available. Projections estimate that as many as 110,000 beds could be needed as coronavirus cases peak.

Besides the multifold state response, Cuomo called on the federal government to nationalize the production of medical supplies needed for the pandemic.

“The states just can’t deal with finding the medical supplies they need.” Hospitals need these materials now, Cuomo urged.

Cuomo also asked the FDA to approve serological testing for antibodies to assess what percent of the population may have already been exposed to COVID-19.

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases in New York reached 15,000. Here is how the current state statistics break down:

  • 53 percent of cases are 18 to 49 years old
  • 50,000 new tests were administered
  • 4,800 new cases were confirmed
  • 374 deaths to date have been recorded in New York State
  • 70 percent of deaths so far were 70 years or older and the majority had underlying health conditions
  • 80 percent of deaths under 70 years old had an underlying condition
  • 1,900 patients have been hospitalized. The 13 percent hospitalization rate is lower than the previous rate of 15 percent.

These new mandates come after previous measures such as all non-essential employees being asked to stay at home and new rules concerning social distancing and “Matilda’s Law” for senior citizens and other vulnerable people.

Cuomo repeated pleas for residents to socially distance.

“You would think nothing was going on. There is a density level that is not appropriate and it has to stop now.”

Cuomo reassured residents that food and medication supply chains are not at risk of collapse.

“All essential services will be maintained”

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