U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the federal government had amassed 30 million hydroxychloroquine tablets, which he said would distributed “in large amounts” to U.S. states as they continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
The president has continued to promote the anti-malaria drug as a treatment for COVID-19 although scientists say more testing is needed to determine if it is safe and effective in the fight against the virus.
Trump also denied that he had any stake in companies producing hydroxychloroquine.
Trump made the comments during the daily briefing of the U.S. Coronavirus Task Force, alongside top U.S. health officials, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
During the briefing, Pompeo did not attack China over an alleged lack of transparency in providing data around its fight against the novel coronavirus, saying “this is not he time time for retribution.”
Pompeo said it is imperative for all countries to share data on COVID-19 in an accurate and timely manner and said the U.S. has done its part.
Trump also declined, during the briefing, to set a date for lifting measures related to physical distancing and re-opening vast portions of the U.S. economy.
The U.S. had 424,945 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to data compiled by researchers at John Hopkins University. The death toll has risen to 14,529.
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