Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told Yahoo News that he is skeptical of President Trump’s decision to take antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to steer off possibly contracting the coronavirus.
The former vice president said the action was “absolutely irresponsible” and likened it to injecting Clorox, the Hill reports.
“It’s like saying ‘Maybe if you inject Clorox into your blood, it may cure you,’” Biden said during a town hall on COVID-19. “C’mon, man! What is he doing? What in God’s name is he doing?”
“There’s no serious medical person out there saying to use that drug,” Biden said without elaborating further. “It’s counterproductive. It’s not going to help, but the president, he decided that’s an answer.”
The presumptive nominee said short-term studies have indicated the drug could cause more harm than good should a person take it as a preventative measure.
“Look at the studies that have been done. It does much more harm than good. This is totally irresponsible,” Biden said via the report.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi similarly criticized Trump’s decision to take the drug, saying someone who was “morbidly obese” should not be taking it.
“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say,” Pelosi said.
Republicans are pushing back on the criticism, however, as Republican Congressman Roger Marshall, also an obstetrician, said he was “relieved” Trump was prophylactically taking the drug.
“I would encourage any person over the age of 65 or with an underlying medical condition to talk to their own physician about taking hydroxychloroquine and I’m relieved President Trump is taking it,” Marshall said.