Trump waives FDA regulations, opens door for coronavirus treatments

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 20th, 2020 7:47 am

President Trump announced on Thursday that he has told Federal Drug Administration commissioner Stephen Hahn to waive "outdated rules and bureaucracies" in order to get coronavirus-treating drugs on the market faster.

"The therapies are something we can move on much faster potentially, treatments that will be able to reduce the severity or duration of the symptoms," Trump said.

Trump pointed to several drugs the FDA has already approved for use against coronavirus, including a malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine that has shown promise in fighting coronavirus.

"It's shown very encouraging early results, and we're going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately," Trump said. "And that's where the FDA has been so great."

Trump also said that the coronavirus task force will still work on creating a "much needed vaccine in the future."


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