On Monday night, the American president again delved into his illegitimate love for hydroxychloroquine, as he shared a series of conspiracy theories about the unproven drug and its powers to ‘cure’ COVID-19.
President Trump retweeted conspiracy materials that suggest the anti-malarial drug – once thought to ‘cure’ COVID-19 – is being intentionally suppressed by Dr. Anthony Fucci and his team to keep the mortality rates high and keep the economy at a standstill.
President Trump has been an ardent advocate of hydroxychloroquine, a drug commonly used to treat malaria and hepatitis, that was previously thought to treat the novel coronavirus.
However, most researches conducted on the drug found it rather opposite of what was initially thought, and in some cases, the drug was even found to have counter-effective measures like significantly reducing heart rate among fatal side-effects.
This is not the first time Donald Trump took a jab at America’s top infectious disease expert and a part of the White House COVID action team Dr. Anthony Fucci.
Earlier the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 which the president has championed time and again. He once famously said he took the medicine himself.
Currently, the FDI permits emergency use of the drug on COVID-19 that has infected nearly 5 million in the US, where the virus is most widespread in the world.
‘Dr. Fauci has misled the American public on many issues, but in particular, on dismissing #hydroxychloroquine and calling Remdesivir the new gold standard,’ Trump’s re-tweet read sharing the conspiracy theory.
Trump first shared a tweet from Melissa Tate whose twitter bio reads ‘Trumpublican’ and it claimed “6000 doctors surveyed across the world all said #Hydroxychloroquine works in COVID patients” and that “multiple Studies in France found it effective. & yet here in America it is being suppressed to keep deaths high so the economy can be shut down ahead of the election.”
According to NewsWeek, fact-checking organization Full fact denied any such claims of 6k doctors involved in concluding the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.
Another tweet Trump shared was of two doctors making dubious claims about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine. The video, however, has now been taken down from Trump’s account after he shared the tweet with his 80+ million followers.
WeTheWorld Magazine obtained the video (below) where the doctor makes a dubious claim on the steps of Capitol Hill. A Daily Mail screenshot of Trump’s tweet confirms both the footages are the same.
In the video, Dr. Stella Immanuel can be seen speaking in front of the US Capitol on Friday, calling themselves ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ and a ‘true testimony’ of the cure, as she makes the dubious claims. Watch the tweet below:
The above footage, Mr. Trump shared, had Dr. Immanuel falsely claiming benefits of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives and infected millions.
The video was reportedly published by Breitbart News, a right-wing media, and the doctors call themselves ‘America’s frontline doctors,’ hosting a press conference in Washington.
The doctors in the video even made claims going as far as ‘you don’t need a mask’ about COVID-19 and slammed the doctors who say against the drug as ‘fake.’
The WHO in May stopped clinical research of the drug, followed by The National Institutes for Health after the drug was found to be largely ineffective in treating the novel virus.
The video has also been pulled down by major social media platforms like Facebook and Youtube, which makes contrary claims. It has been viewed millions of times.
‘We’ve removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19,’ Facebook spokesperson told CNN. Twitter also followed the same suit and removed the video citing their coronavirus misinformation policy.
(Cover image courtesy of Donald Jr. Trump via Twitter)