Donald Trump walks around in public with a naked face as people around him succumb to the coronavirus. Why does he still push an anti-malarial drug called hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19? He must have been up all one night searching for a doctor to support his claims about it. POTUS did find one, but she had a few demonic problems. In spite of that, he still is a drug pusher for this Rx.
Even as Trump goes down his dark path, his health people try to take the higher road. Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D. is in charge of the White House’s COVID-19 testing. He appeared on Meet the Press Sunday morning.
He told host Chuck Todd there was “no evidence” the drug was “effective:” Giroir did not talk about his boss, but he did emphasize “the scientific consensus was the drug did not help the coronavirus:”
‘Most physicians and prescribers are evidence-based and they’re not influenced by whatever is on Twitter or anything else. And the evidence just does not show hydroxychloroquine is effective right now.’
‘We need to move on from that and talk about what is effective. At this point in time, there has been five randomized controlled, placebo controlled trials that do not show any benefit to hydroxychloroquine. So, at this point in time, we don’t recommend that as a treatment.’
The assistant secretary told NBC’s Todd that hydroxychloroquine “looked very promising” at first. Five studies later, all have now found that the anti-malarial drug does not help COVID-19 patients:
‘At this point in time, there’s been five randomized-controlled, placebo-controlled trials that do not show any benefit to hydroxychloroquine, so at this point in time, we don’t recommend that as a treatment. Right now, hydroxychloroquine, I can’t recommend that.’
At first, Trump’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for emergency use as a treatment in spite of the drug being known to cause serious cardiac problems. Then, the FDA pulled that approval in June stating:
‘a large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients that found these medicines showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery.’
Giroir emphasized that hydroxychloroquine “needs to be prescribed by a physician” but said he doubted that most physicians would prescribe it:
‘There may be circumstances — I don’t know what they are — where a physician may prescribe it for an individual, but I think most physicians and prescribers are evidence-based, and they’re not influenced by whatever is on Twitter or anything else.’
Trump retweeted a video that included the Houston, Texas physician, Stella Immanuel, because she favored the president’s favorite drug. She called herself “God’s battle axe (sic) and weapon of war.” Interesting that both she and Trump talk about managing a war. She also claimed “medical treatments used alien DNA,” according to The Daily Beast.
There was more:
‘[T]he mythological male and female demons “incubus” and “succubus” was responsible for gynaecological defects such as cysts, impotence, infertility, and endometriosis. She has also alleged that scientists are making a vaccine to stop people from being religious.’
Immanuel falsely claimed it was a coronavirus cure in the video:
‘I came here to Washington, D.C., to tell America nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure. It is called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax. I know you people want to talk about a mask. Hello? You don’t need mask. There is a cure. I know they don’t want to open schools. No, you don’t need people to be locked down. There is prevention and there is a cure.’
Twitter removed Trump’s video retweet of the doctor’s video, because it was:
‘[I]n violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.’
The president defended his tweet, saying “I happen to believe in it:”
‘She was on air along with many other doctors. They were being fans of hydroxychloroquine, and I thought she was very impressive in the sense that — from where she came, I don’t know which country she comes from — but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients, and I thought her voice was an important voice. But I know nothing about her.’
This is the NBC interview with Admiral Giroir:
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 2, 2020
Twitter world went nuts over the president’s ASH physician’s admission. Check out what these Americans had to say to him:
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