On Saturday, Aug. 21, President Trump accused the Food and Drug Administration’s deep state for making things difficult for drug companies trying to test alternative treatments for the CCP Virus and suggested they are trying to delay things until after the election, Fox News reported.
Trump tweeted, “The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics,” he tweeted. “Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!”
The “deep state” that President Trump mentions refers to individuals in positions of power who are pursuing a social and political agenda that parallels the official one.
Trump’s tweet apparently responded to an FDA decision to stop emergency authorization for the use of plasma as a treatment for patients with CCP Virus.
The FDA was scheduled to authorize plasma treatment this week. But the approval has now been put on hold after experts, including Dr. Fauci, said there wasn’t enough solid evidence to back it up.
President Trump said he’s heard very good things about using plasma from recovered patients of the CCP Virus to treat infected people, but he believes that people are stalling because of political decisions.
President Trump has previously expressed his disagreement with some of the actions taken by the FDA, particularly in June of this year, the regulator banned the use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug the president has promoted as an effective treatment for the virus.
When there are no suitable treatments available that have already been tested, the FDA has a mechanism by which in emergency situations it can issue an authorization for alternative treatments, as it did in May by approving the use of Remdesivir, according to a Fox News report.
Dr. Clifford Lane of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said they are waiting for more concrete evidence from trials before they can authorize the use of the plasma, but he didn’t rule out the possibility that it could be approved in the near future.
However, the president’s urgency for alternative treatments responds also to his intention not to allow the country’s economy to collapse, the consequences of which could be devastating.