NBC News
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Wednesday that trials have shown "consistently" that hydroxychloroquine is "not effective" in treating the disease caused by the coronavirus. Fauci's comments came as President Donald Trump faces questions over his promotion Monday night of a now-deleted video in which a doctor claimed that the drug was a "cure" for COVID-19. Speaking with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the data don't support the claim. "The scientific data, the cumulative data on trials, clinical trials that were valid — namely, clinical trials that were randomized and controlled in the proper way — all of those trials show consistently that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease or COVID-19," he said.