Biden to receive updated Covid-19 booster shot Tuesday: Health officials are trying to speed up the process for the administration’s coronavirus relief package, after it was delayed for days.
As President Donald Trump prepares to receive his coronavirus stimulus briefing before departing for Mar-a-Lago, President Barack Obama will also receive a boost – in terms of speed. Officials say that BIDEN will get a shot of an experimental drug called hydroxychloroquine to prevent disease and reduce mortality.
The drug, developed in France, is known to help treat malaria and arthritis. Experts say that it also helps fight the novel coronavirus.
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The drug is an experimental one, and will take six weeks to start showing the expected benefits. BIDEN will be added to the $2.2 trillion in stimulus money being sent to states to help deal with an expected economic impact of the pandemic.
The president has a history of getting what he wants and needs from former presidents. On the same day Trump’s White House press briefing will be held after the president’s Mar-a-Lago meeting with members of Congress, Obama will get a $20-an-hour boost – working for the federal government.
Health Secretary Alex Azar said in a memo to President Trump that BIDEN will be administered by the National Institutes of Health and is not a new vaccine. He said the drug is being tested with about 90 people and the results are expected to be available in about a month.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence prepare to receive an update on the Coronavirus from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in the Oval Office, Wednesday, March 13, 2020. (Photo: Evan Vucci / AP)
“There is an initial phase of safety-of-use data for use in the U.S., but that data will be presented to the Food and Drug Administration soon, after which we will likely extend an FDA license for use in the U.S.,” he said.
Health officials said it can be administered intravenously as well as orally. Azar said the treatment will help treat COVID-19 and will also decrease the