Trump has made a lot of promises to Americans about the coronavirus outbreak. Many haven’t become reality.
Over the past week, President Trump has repeatedly addressed the coronavirus outbreak in the United States in speeches and at news briefings. Often, he’s made sweeping claims about dramatic new measures aimed at quickly addressing the virus, treatment or preventing the virus’s spread. Often, those claims turn out to be inaccurate.There was another example in the briefing Thursday morning. Trump raised the drug chloroquine, an anti-malarial that some doctors are optimistic can be used to treat covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.“This has been used in different forms, a very powerful drug in different forms, and it’s shown very encouraging, very, very encouraging early results,” Trump said. “We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately. That’s where the FDA has been so great. They’ve gone through the approval process. It’s been approved. And they did it. They took it down from many, many months to immediate. So we’re going to be able to make that drug available by prescription or states.”Good news — but not accurate news.“It’s already approved, as the president said, for the treatment of malaria, as well as an arthritis condition,” FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said a few minutes later. “That’s a