Trump says FDA hold on blood treatment therapy use for coronavirus patients ‘could be a political decision’

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U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions throughout a briefing on the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic on the White Home in Washington, August 11, 2020.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday stated he was “shocked” to study in regards to the Meals and Drug Administration’s maintain on granting emergency use for an experimental blood remedy for coronavirus sufferers, saying it could be politically motivated.

“I hear nice issues about it … that is all I can inform you,” Trump stated throughout a White Home press briefing referring to convalescent plasma remedy. “It might be a political resolution as a result of you might have lots of people over there who do not wish to rush issues as a result of they wish to do it after November 3, and you’ve got heard that one earlier than.” 

The FDA reportedly positioned its emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma on maintain final week after plenty of high well being officers, together with White Home coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins, who was appointed to run the Nationwide Institutes of Well being by former President Barack Obama in 2009, voiced concern about information on the potential remedy, in keeping with the New York Instances. 

The experimental remedy makes use of the blood from recovered coronavirus sufferers who’ve constructed antibodies in opposition to the ailments and infuses it into individuals with Covid-19 to forestall extreme illness, in keeping with the Mayo Clinic, which is conducting research on the remedy.

“Persons are dying, and we should always have it accredited if it is good,” Trump stated. “And I am listening to it is good, I heard from individuals on the FDA that it is good.” Trump stated that he would “verify” on the report after the press briefing. 

Whereas there are at present no FDA-approved medication or vaccines in opposition to the coronavirus, the administration has issued emergency use authorization to clear unapproved merchandise for use to deal with coronavirus sufferers. A spokesperson for the FDA did not instantly reply to a request for remark. 

The Nationwide Institute of Well being remedy tips, final up to date on July 17, say there’s “inadequate information” to help convalescent plasma as a Covid-19 remedy, although 1000’s of sufferers within the U.S. have acquired the remedy as a part of medical trials. 

Nevertheless, Trump stated on the press briefing that he is heard success charges for convalescent plasma “means over 50%” and stated the White Home would encourage the remedy’s use if the “numbers are nearly as good” as he is listening to. 

“I do not need delays. I do not need individuals dying,” Trump stated. 

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