Covid Testing Czar Shoots Down Hydroxychloroquine After Trump’s Promotional Binge

Henrietta Strickland
August 4, 2020

Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, the White House's coronavirus testing coordinator, is not shy about urging people to wear masks.

In an interview with Chuck Todd for NBC's Meet the Press, Giroir was asked if it's "a danger to public health" that Trump repeatedly pushed hydroxychloroquine throughout the last week.

"Wearing a mask is incredibly important but we have to have like 85 or 90% of individuals wearing a mask and avoiding crowds", he said. The evidence just doesn't show that hydroxychloroquine is effective right now. At this point in time, we don't recommend that as a treatment, and there's no evidence to show that it is.

US President Donald Trump has long promoted the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the ongoing coronavirus. In May, he said he had taken the unproven treatment for two weeks prophylactically.

An official in the United States government pandemic response team on Sunday affirmed that there is zero evidence that hydroxychloroquine is a workable treatment for the COVID-19 coronavirus, despite President Donald Trump's lauding of the anti-malaria drug as a solution.

Despite the response by the administration official, Trump continues to push the drug as a COVID-19 treatment. Twitter removed the video as a "violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy", and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the video was "spouting something that isn't true".

"She was on air along with many other doctors", Trump said. "But I know nothing about her".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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