President Trump stated, at a Sunday press conference, that the social distancing rules would stay in effect until April 30. This comes amid advisors saying to expect that we could see 100k – 200k deaths in the United States from the Chinese virus.
The FDA has been moving at a speed not seen before and not expected by many pundits and reporters. President Trump has pushed them to work harder and faster than they’ve ever done before – and it looks like it may be working.
The FDA announced an emergency authorization for new coronavirus tests that can deliver results in as little as 5 minutes. The company, Abbott Laboratories, claims the belt for the fastest test in the world, being “able to deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.”
This comes at a critical time as the so-called experts are predicting that our peak death rate will hit in the next 2-3 weeks. This also comes as many other countries are finding out that the tests that China gracefully supplied to them don't work.
Abbot Laboratories plans to start providing an expected 50,000 tests per day for official use.
Another major breakthrough was announced on Sunday, to the dismay it seems, of some reporters and democratic governors.
The Dept. of Health and Human Services issued a statement on the use and supply of hydroxychloroquine as treatment for those affected by the Chinese virus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to BARDA to allow hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate products donated to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible.
HHS says it has accepted 30 million doses from Novartis and Bayer for use in the fight against the coronavirus. They're also working to get the manufactures to increase production to ensure we don't encounter a shortage.
President Trump has shown leadership by taking the early, hard, and unpopular actions that he has. He was out ahead of everyone when it came to the chloroquine drug. You may remember he was berated and mocked by media for giving 'false hope'.
To be right on travel restrictions, right on social distancing (it seems so far), and right on the drug treatment - while virtually everyone else was against him - is paying off and we, the citizens of the world, are the beneficiaries.