Trump focuses attention on possible coronavirus treatments

    President Donald Trump attends a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters, Thursday, March 19, in Washington.

    Washington, DC (AP) - President Donald Trump focused attention on possible treatments for the new coronavirus on Thursday, citing potential use of a drug long used to treat malaria and some other approaches still in testing.

    At a White House news conference, Trump and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn cited the malaria drug chloroquine, along with remdesivir, an experimental antiviral from Gilead Sciences.

    Treatment could possibly using plasma from survivors of COVID-19, the disease the new virus causes.

    Those treatments are among several being tested that might ease symptoms but do not stop the virus from spreading.

    Also on Thursday, Swiss drugmaker Roche said it was working with the U.S. government to start a study of Actemra, a drug used now for rheumatoid arthritis and some other conditions, against the coronavirus.

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