SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Tuesday he takes hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug that U.S. President Trump has promoted as a way to ward off the novel coronavirus.
Bukele told reporters that El Salvador was not promoting it anymore as a treatment, following the recommendation of the World Health Organization, though patients would still be able to take it as a preventative measure if they wished.
Bukele’s forceful response to the coronavirus, including moving to extend a national state of emergency without congressional approval, has prompted criticism that the 38-year-old has shown authoritarian tendencies and exceeded his powers.
Speaking at an event with Bukele, the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, Ronald Johnson, suggested that he approved of the leader’s handling of the pandemic.
“I believe that in crisis situations, oftentimes people must give up a little bit of their freedoms in order to favour the rights and freedoms of the majority and of the whole,” he said.
“This is only a temporary moment.”
Read the original article here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-elsalvador/salvadoran-leader-says-he-takes-drug-for-coronavirus