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Citation From the April 7, 2020, edition of Fox News' Hannity

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Let me stay on this issue of hydroxychloroquine. And, you know, I'm going to quote this board-certified rheumatologist for Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Wallace, who I think, obviously, he's been prescribing this now, as he pointed out, 42 years in practice. He's been the head, has one of the largest lupus practices in the U.S., currently caring for 2,000 people, most taking HCQ; 400 peer-reviewed papers; chairman of the Lupus Foundation of America, the Rheumatoid Research Foundation of America College and -- and so many other credentials.

And he said, in 42 years, no patient of mine has ever been hospitalized for HCQ. And he said the risk of taking it in the doses they're talking about - - in terms of a risk, he said it is nil -- absolutely nil. [VIDEO CUTS OUT] is saying, well, your life.

I don't know. He seems pretty credible to me, sir.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, it's been taken for malaria for many years and -- very effective. It's a powerful medicine; it's a powerful drug. But it's a drug that -- for malaria, for lupus, for those two things in particular. I guess some people say arthritis, too. But it's been taken for years and people are OK with it.

It seems to be, with the azithromycin -- that really seems to be the combination that's great. But that could cause a little problem -- people don't know, but it might cause a problem with the heart, in which case you don't take the azithromycin. That's for infection. But the combination -- and some people add zinc. But the combination has been pretty amazing.

You saw the woman, state representative, a Democrat -- state representative from Michigan, Detroit. And she thought she was going to die, and she saw what we were talking about and she asked her husband to get it. And she would have never known about it. And he got it and she got better. She thought she had no chance, and she got better.

She -- she's been very nice about it, actually. She -- I think she may be - - might be a Democrat, but she'll vote for me, maybe. But she was very nice about it.

So, you know, things are happening. It's a -- it's -- I haven't seen bad. I've not seen bad. And one thing that we do see is that people are not going to die from it. So if somebody is in trouble, you take it, I think.

HANNITY: And it's being used world --

TRUMP: I would.

HANNITY: And it's being used worldwide.

TRUMP: So we're going to see. But we're in -- we're in great shape from the medicine standpoint. And, by the way, the hydroxychloroquine, we have millions of doses that I bought. I bought millions of doses, you know, for the country, the country bought --

HANNITY: Twenty-nine million?

TRUMP: -- at my direction.

We have more than 29 million doses, and that's a lot. And we have others -- I spoke with Prime Minister Modi. They have -- a lot of it comes out of India.

And I asked him if it would be OK if he’d release it. He was great. He was really good. It was -- you know, they put a stop because they wanted it for India.

But there's a lot of good -- lot of good things coming from that. A lot -- a lot of people are looking at it and saying -- you know, there's just -- I don't hear bad stories. I hear good stories. And I don't hear anything where it's causing death. So it's not like something unsafe.

You know, we're doing vaccines, Johnson & Johnson, and others, and they're doing really well. But they have to test that, Sean, because when you inoculate, when you give, you know, millions of shots to people for a vaccine, it's got to be safe.

But this is something that's been on the market for many years, decades actually, and it's worked very well in everything it's done. And they're finding that people that -- like in the malaria countries, that it doesn't seem that those countries have been hit, because the people take it.

You have countries that have massive malaria problems and they take the hydroxychloroquine, and they don't seem to be having the problem with the -- the virus that all other countries are having.

You know, it's in 182 countries as of this moment. Think of that — 182 countries are fighting this plague. It's incredible.