President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A drug used to treat malaria and arthritis has shown promise as a cure against coronavirus and could be “a game changer” in stopping the outbreak, President Donald Trump announced at a White House press conference Thursday.

The drug known as Hydroxychloroquine has shown “encouraging early results against the virus. We’re going to be able to make that drug available immediately,” by prescription, the president said.

Trump said the drug had already been given the green light by the FDA, but the agency later clarified that the drug had not yet been approved to treat COVID-19, according to Bloomberg News.

“It’s been around for a long time so we know if things don’t go as planned it’s not going to kill anybody,” Trump told reporters at the White House.


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