SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Mr. Vice President, I'm holding up a letter. And I'm going to read from it in a second, from a doctor in the New York area, and if I may read from it. He has now worked with his associates and he has a regimen: “Hydroxychloroquine, 200 milligrams twice a day, five days. Azithromycin, 500 milligrams once a day, five days. Zinc sulfate, 220 milligrams once a day for five days.”
This is what he has seen -- him and his team have now treated approximately 350 patients in Kiryas Joel, it was an area of New York that was hit particularly hard, and another 150 patients in other New York areas. His results: “We have had zero deaths, zero hospitalizations, zero intubations.” Zero.
We have a French study, we have news out of China, Israel is donating 6 million doses of hydroxychloroquine. Let me ask you, sir, I don't think I've ever seen anything more hopeful since this thing started, as a treatment, and we're at the first stage of the vaccine according to Dr. Fauci, who I admire a lot. Your thoughts?
MIKE PENCE: Well, what -- what we see in some of those anecdotal studies, we are going to put to the test. The president has been working, we've been working with companies across the country.
Chloroquine is a perfectly legal drug and at the president's direction, the FDA is -- is -- is -- has completed and is completing what is called off label use approval, Sean, so that doctors can prescribe what is an anti-malaria drug to deal with the coronavirus.
I have read the same things you've read about combining those with other antibiotics, but we are going to work very hard with Dr. Fauci and with our team on the ground, and as we make the chloroquine available for Americans and other medications, we are going to study it. We're going to figure it out, but that's not going to get in the way of making it available.
Doctors will be able to prescribe it, and based upon the studies you're citing and anecdotal evidence, it -- it appears in many cases that it brings real relief.