France 24, English has the vid:
This is a breakthrough of hope for those who may fall victim to the disease.
I link the Daily Wire report Vivid links, given the onward confirmation:
France Officially Sanctions Drug After 78 Of 80 Patients Recover From COVID-19 Within Five Days
By Amanda PrestigiacomoDailyWire.com
The French government has officially sanctioned chloroquine, a drug often used to fight malaria, for certain patients infected with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
“The French government has officially sanctioned prescriptions of chloroquine to treat certain coronavirus patients,” France 24 English reported Saturday.
“This ensures continued treatment of patients who have been treated for several years for a chronic condition with this drug, but also allows a temporary authorization to allow certain patients with coronavirus to benefit from this therapeutic route,” said France’s director general of health Jérôme Salomon.
The move comes after infectious diseases specialist Didier Raoult announced new clinical results, which can be accessed here, that show 78 out of 80 patients treated with chloroquine recovered within five days, reported Trustnodes.
The five-day recovery time is “considerably” faster “than the usual 14 days and for some it can go up to 28 days if they recover at all,” the outlet highlighted.
France’s Minister of Health Olivier Véran said Thursday: “Hydroxychloroquine and the combination of lopinavir / ritonavir may be prescribed, dispensed and administered under the responsibility of a doctor to patients affected by Covid-19, in the healthcare establishments which take charge of them, as well as for the continuation of their treatment if their condition allows it and with the authorization of the initial prescriber, at home.”
Dr. Raoult cheered the news via social media on Saturday: “Thanks to Philippe Douste-Blazy, former Minister of Health and member of the Board of Directors of the @IHU_Marseille, for his position,” he wrote.
Due to President Donald Trump fast-tracking Food and Drug Administration approval, New York state is testing hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and azithromycin.
“The Food and Drug Administration has moved with ‘uncommon speed’ to authorize New York’s distribution of the drugs through hospitals,” The Daily Wire noted Thursday, citing a Washington Post report. “While experts say such an effort would usually take up to nine months, the timeline ‘has been compressed into three days,’ the paper reports.” . . .
This seems to be good news indeed, and we may now confidently expect that American tests should give at least reasonably good results. If this and other drugs hold up, we will significantly shift the balance on anticipated impact and on how stringent the containment measures that are proposed can reasonably be.
However, this case raises further deeply troubling questions about media party-lines, polarisation, hostility, belittling, demonisation, how we form opinions and how we seek out and respond to the balance of evidence and argument.
We need to have a fresh conversation on such matters, on a far broader basis than just this case. END
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BREAKING: After Prof Raoult’s 78 of 80 success ratio test, France approves [Hydro?]Chloroquine for Covid-19
See the summary here https://townhall.com/columnists/kevinmccullough/2020/03/29/hydroxychloroquine-help-is-on-the-way-n2565926?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=&bcid=460e172054b5501eabf8e69ca6331ed9&recip=2101321
Must be fake news. 🙄
This is encouraging. If other larger trials produce similar results then this may be just what we need. We still need to be cautious, though. The history of pharmaceutical research has many examples of initially promising therapeutic agents which came to nothing subjected to full clinical trails.
I agree but it requires a willingness, on both sides of a partisan divide, to reach out across the gap and discuss differences honestly and fairly.
That will not happen where you have political leadership that finds partisan advantage in inflaming the passions that divide people.
That will not happen where the “other” is demonized as the root of all evil: where atheists see all Christians as being as extreme as the Westboro Baptist Church or, at least, as akin to white nationalists or Christians view atheists as amoral communists/socialists more despicable than pedophiles.
There is a great deal of unwarranted hostility to overcome but frankly I don’t see anyone in the current generation of political leadership that is willing or able to transcend these differences for the greater good of the country or humanity as a whole.
This is what most alarms me, that, far from the Utopian ideals of the Star Trek future, we may be constitutionally incapable as a species of overcoming the instinctive prejudices that divide us.
Sev, there is now a SERIES of tests that are consistently showing effectiveness; the odds of all being by accident instead are falling exponentially. Raoult is like France’s no 1 on this sort of thing, leading a well known institute. The NY tests started like Tue last, so maybe in several days. Something like seven pharma firms are working to produce, talk is 250 million tabs by mid April. FDA gave initial, experimental approval March 19. What we need to be doing is discussing how this shifts stance on epidemic management and degree of economic and societal hit that is reasonable. Also, we need to be looking at epistemology and logic, also at the polarisation and media games we have seen. KF
Might I suggest that Didier Raoult might just have a clue about what he is talking about?
And again, I remind that Didier Raoult is a “Furious Darwin Doubter” who is a member of James Shapiro’s “Third Way” group:
Yes, Didier Raoult says darwinian evolution is p**p. And he has been religiously attacked for saying so. Like poor Thomas Nagel.
D. Raoult is the more prolific French scientist, anytime, in any field.
Speaking of France, it is worse than we think. Italy and France just said that only people who died in hospitals were recorded as Covid deaths. People who died in their homes or in nursing homes we’re not counted as such.
So the real death toll is higher than the numbers.
That Star Trek future was borne from a war-torn world. A world in which the governments of today no longer exist. So maybe this is the beginning of that…
You’re missing a few other goodies,
There’s a great deal many people that carry the disease and are asymptomatic. They are not being tested and therefore not being recorded, they will more than likely recover on their own. This can will greatly skew the number of people that died versus the number of people infected and the number of people recovered.
Second, both in Italy and Spain have older populations which have shown to be far more susceptible to the disease, this is also greatly skewing the percentile of death.
Those two countries alone are almost single-handedly at fault for the total percentage going up by two points, due to the number of casualties they I’ve had.
No one else has had those types of casualties
So take that into consideration and realize that the numbers aren’t as bad
I am not minimizing the situation but I am trying to Keep things straight
Aaron, if you would go back and look you would see that I said death toll. You’re confusing it with death rate, which I didn’t comment on, because there are too many uncertainties.
I miss read that my apologies
I’m waiting for the guy with a cart and a bell.