Anyone surprised with this?
I can just hear Trump TELLING the ‘expert’s’….
We’re NOT waiting 18 months for a vaccine….
I want something in as little time as possible….
THAT could be dangerous….
There ARE reports that some experimental drugs are already being given to people in the below linked piece….
President Donald Trump said he will “slash red tape like nobody has even done it before” in a bid to get unapproved coronavirus treatments to patients faster and identify effective drugs.
The president said Thursday he directed the Food and Drug Administration to “eliminate out-of-date rules and bureaucracy so this can go forward fast” — but he did not offer any details. Instead, Trump and top health officials highlighted steps the government has taken in recent weeks to launch clinical trials of potential coronavirus treatments.
Trump’s remarks came one day after he teased that an “exciting FDA announcement” was on the way — news that reportedly caught some in the health agency by surprise as they scrambled to finalize details, said three HHS officials.
The president suggested certain programs that the administration could use to get experimental drugs to people quickly outside of clinical trials. One such route, known as “Right to Try,” was established by a 2018 law that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence supported to help people who are seriously ill and have no other treatment options.
“What we’re talking about today is beyond Right to Try,” Trump said, adding that the law “has been a tremendous success.”
That program allows patients to appeal directly to drugmakers to use medicines that are still being developed and tested. Bioethicists and drug policy experts argue there are other ways to help people access experimental medicine — like the FDA’s compassionate use route, also name checked by the president — and that Right to Try fuels false hope, while making it difficult to collect data on how well the drugs work.
The drugmaker Gilead has provided its experimental antiviral drug remdesivir to patients with coronavirus under compassionate use rules first established in 1987. The National Institutes of Health has also started a clinical trial of the drug in coronavirus patients.
Trump name-checked remdesivir at Thursday’s briefing, along with two drugs that have been used for decades to treat malaria. He suggested that the malaria drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, could be effective against coronavirus — but the data is still sparse….
Those remarks were at odds with those of his FDA commissioner, Stephen Hahn, who shortly later repeatedly emphasized the importance of safety and said he does not want to “provide false hope.”
“We may have the right drug, but it might not be in the appropriate dosage form right now, and it might do more harm than good,” Hahn said.
At the start of his remarks, the president touted the work of the FDA and claimed his administration “slash red tape” in order to allow vaccines and therapies to treat the virus to be produced “as fast as it can possibly be done.”
Hahn noted during his own remarks that a vaccine for the coronavirus is currently in the first phase of a clinical trial and wouldn’t be ready for 12 months.
The dueling messages from the administration came during a long White House press briefing at which Trump at times spoke of the need for unity in responding to the crisis….
Donald Trump’s daily briefings do little to provide support to Americans…