LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Well first, I have great respect for Dr. Fauci, his sacrifice for the country, but when you hear something is just anecdotal, again, aside from the clinical terminology, to most people, and we're talking to most people in these press conferences, it just doesn't sound too hopeful or too impressive. And anecdotal doesn't really describe the findings of the world's top researchers, who just a few days ago published results of their first study on hydroxychloroquine and hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin. A lot of you probably have taken Z-packs over the years. Well, check out their findings. This is in a long study. “Despite its small sample size, our survey shows that hydroxychloroquine treatment is significantly associated," the word “significantly" there, “with viral load reduction or disappearance in COVID-19 patients and its effect is reinforced by azithromycin."
Now look at this chart that accompanied the report. The blue line is the control group, OK, so they took nothing. So bad for them, they all have the virus even after six days. The red represents those who received hydroxychloroquine, so some improvement. So only, what is it, 40% or so still had the virus. But look at the yellow line. Now the yellow line represents the patients at the end of day five only who were on a protocol that included hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin.
Now the researchers in this study -- and they're all incredibly prominent epidemiologist and researchers, dozens and dozens. They understood when they undertook this project -- they were tasked by the French government to do this. They understood the severity of the global crisis that we're all facing and they also understood the risk to millions -- millions of people around the world, including our health care workers and they concluded as a result of all this thinking and what they looked at the following. “We therefore recommend that COVID-19 patients be treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to cure their infection and to limit the transmission of the virus to other people in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the world.
Now, I understand that we want our own data that is a large controlled study, I understand that's necessary. And the Trump administration is 100% correct at the same time and recognizing the benefits already reported in the use of this drug and the drug combo that we just mentioned.
Now by the way, hydroxychloroquine, lot of people don't understand this but it does not need to be approved by the FDA in order to be administered by doctors for off-label use because as I said before, we don't have to go over it but it's prescribed for antimalarial use and also for lupus in some cases. Our physicians are already using it in our major hospitals for COVID patients. They also used it successfully in some cases against SARS, which had a higher mortality rate. The president as usual has sharp instincts. He sees things that sometimes the intellectuals and academics, they might get lost in some of the details, but he has sharp instincts about things. And he's pushing to get millions of doses now into the United States.
Our doctors and our hospitals need all the ammo they can get to fight this disease. We want fewer people to need ventilators, right? We need to reduce that that absolute necessity to have vents in our ICUs because we have a critical shortage. We need to get people home to quarantine if they're sick, then we need, after a necessary amount of time, we need to get those people healthy and back to work. As soon as they're medically cleared.
Again, I respect all the professionals who are working on this, and they're working ridiculous hours, and I respect Dr. Fauci an enormous amount. And I realize in an ideal world, we want everything buttoned up and as perfect as far as randomized trials go but our country needs solutions and hope now. And old bureaucracies have to give way to fast action. The president understands this. We can't stay in our homes forever. America wants to get back to work. And that's the Angle.