Coronavirus outbreak: Trump says FDA has approved Chloroquine for COVID-19 testing | FULL

U.S. President Donald Trump was joined by VP Mike Pence and other Coronavirus Task Force members to hold a briefing on the efforts taken to develop a COVID-19 treatment on Thursday.

Trump said that Chloroquine, which is a drug used to treat malaria and severe arthritis, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be tested as a possible COVID-19 treatment in clinical trials.

At the same briefing, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said he didn’t want to provide false hope that chloroquine or other drugs could be an effective treatment.

There are currently no known treatments for the COVID-19 virus and officials have said a vaccine could take up to 12-18 months.

Trump started the briefing by announcing the release of American-Lebanese citizen Amer Fakhoury who has been imprisoned in Lebanon since September 2019.

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