SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Let's go to these three possible treatments, the two drugs and plasma treatments, chloroquine particularly helpful. I had two calls on my radio show said their young kids used it and effectiveness was dramatic. Not for this but for what underlying other issues.
SEEMA VERMA (ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES): Well, the president received high praise from the nation's governors today because of his strong leadership across the federal government and the FDA was no different. You know, we got a great commissioner there, Steve Hahn. And he is working with the president around getting out red tape so that these types of therapeutics can become more readily available. And we're looking at medications that are already out there to see, could they have a potential impact, looking at new therapeutics. And then the vaccines are in development. And those are progressing in record time.
HANNITY: Well, OK. So, if we look at this -- now, we have some data of what apparently we are learning from South Korea, what we're learning if you believe China, OK, from them, even France has some data on this. It is showing -- it works two ways, prophylactic use that actually helps prevention, of contracting the disease, and secondly, quickly, altering the trajectory of getting to better health dramatically, people are getting out of hospitals faster, et cetera.
HANNITY: Let me throw it at you this way: Knowing what we know now, if you had this virus, would you use them, if you had a choice?
VERMA: Well, I'm going to leave that to the FDA commissioner. You know, he runs a great agency.
HANNITY: Oh, you're ducking me.
VERMA: Well -- those guys -- I'm not the FDA commissioner. Those guys are the ones that are going to look at the studies on this to determine --
HANNITY: But if you had the choice, knowing what we know -- because if I had the choice, I would use it for me and I'm only speaking for me.
VERMA: Well, again, you know, I think if you had this virus, one of the things that the FDA has done is through compassionate use, or making these drugs more widely available.
HANNITY: I like that, all right.
VERMA: And again, yeah, it's making it more widely available and that's because the president is cutting through all the red tape.
HANNITY: All right. Thank you so much for what you're doing every day. I know none of you're getting any sleep.