Trump’s touting of unproven COVID-19 drug is unusual. We’ll soon see if he’s right

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A U.S. president known for smashing norms is now breaking another one by promoting an unproven treatment during a deadly pandemic. We’ll soon find out if Donald Trump is right. A global race is underway to test the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for its anti-viral properties. It’s a race unfolding in research labs and hospitals, including in Canada, as the death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise. While other world leaders may urge caution regarding hydroxychloroquine, Trump, at times, seems to hurl caution to the wind. He is the only G7 leader facing re-election this year, and controlling coronavirus is now the No. 1 issue.