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Will Donald Trump sign an executive order to immediately approve an antiviral treatment for Covid-19 by November 3rd 2020?

Antiviral drugs already exist that hold promise for treating Covid-19. Two notable ones include remdesivir and chloroquine. However, both drugs would normally require approval from the FDA in order to be sold in the United States, and the approval process notoriously takes a long time, even when rushed.

Since Donald Trump is currently the president of the United States, he has ultimate constitutional authority to override FDA rules that are not explicitly codified in law. Recently, he has expressed interest in developing antiviral medicine. Given that his election is on November 3rd, it is conceivable that he would sign an executive order to override the FDA approval process and immediately approve an antiviral treatment by then.

This question resolves positively if Trump signs an executive order to approve an antiviral treatment for Covid-19 within the two weeks following the order. Otherwise, it resolves negatively.


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