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Trump announces start of clinical trials of coronavirus treatment

President Donald Trump on Monday said a clinical trial for possible treatment of the deadly coronavirus will begin in New York soon, reiterating his belief that a combination of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin could beat back the global pandemic.

Researchers work with coronavirus samples at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. March 19, 2020. CRAIG LASSIG/ REUTERS

“Clinical trials in New York will begin on existing drugs that may prove effective against the virus,” Trump said. “We have 10,000 units going and it will be distributed tomorrow.”