Democratic New York City Councilman Paul Vallone said hydroxychloroquine saved his life from the deadly CCP (Chinese Communist Party)  Virus (coronavirus).

Vallone, who represents northeast Queens, faced a near-fatal battle with the CCP Virus in March given that he already suffers from sarcoidosis, an auto-immune disease that attacks his lungs. 

“We were in panic mode when I went down because I didn’t have a lot of immune response,” he said. “I needed something to stay alive.”

He said he took hydroxychloroquine with a flu Z-pack and the drug “worked for him.”

“I couldn’t breathe, very weak, couldn’t get out of bed. My doctor prescribed it. My pharmacy had it. Took it that day and within two to three days I was able to breathe,” Vallone told The New York Post. “Within a week I was back on my feet.”

“At that time, there was only fear and panic, he offered hope in a possible treatment when there was none,” Vallone said of President Trump’s endorsement of the drug. “With my sarcoidosis and then my COVID [CCP Virus] symptoms, it basically saved me. For that my family will always be thankful.”

Hydroxychloroquine has proven controversial as studies have given mixed results. The Food and Drug Administration said hydroxychloroquine is “unlikely to be effective in treating” the virus while other research finds the drug a promising treatment. Numerous doctors have spoken out in support of the drug.

In April, state Rep. Karen Whitsett from (D-Mich.) also thanked President Trump for advocating hydroxychloroquine that helped her recover from the CCP Virus. The president himself said in May that he had been taking the medication to prevent the virus. He has been criticized for it.

Mainstream media and giant tech companies have dismissed the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine. Last month, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter shut down a viral video of front-line doctors endorsing treating the CCP Virus with the drug.

In late July, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) tested positive for the virus in advance of his planned travel with President Trump to Texas for an energy event. He later announced that he would take hydroxychloroquine to treat the virus.

“I am taking ≠Hydroxychloroquine to treat my coronavirus diagnosis,” Gohmert wrote in a tweet. “It is what was decided as the best course of action between my doctor and me—not by government bureaucrats. How long until the tech tyrants censor this tweet?”