US President Donald Trump has again defended the use of hydroxychloroquine to ward off COVID-19, contradicting his own public health officials.

He said the malaria medication was only rejected as a COVID-19 treatment because he had recommended its use.

His remarks come after Twitter banned his eldest son for posting a clip promoting hydroxychloroquine.

There is no evidence the drug can fight the virus, and regulators warn it may cause heart problems.

Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)┬ácautioned against using the drug to treat COVID-19 patients, following reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” and other health issues.

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