Anthony Fauci: Trump Got Hydroxychloroquine Idea From TV Host | EUROtoday

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Dr. Anthony Fauci stated Tuesday that Donald Trump received the notion to push hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 remedy from none aside from Fox News host Laura Ingraham. (Watch the video under.)

Fauci, a White House coronavirus job pressure member throughout the pandemic, stated the previous president fixated on so-called miracle cures with “no basis in science.”

Trump yelled at Fauci for overtly dismissing the supposed effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that was promoted by conservatives as a COVID remedy with none actual proof.

“I’m telling the American public the facts,” Fauci stated he advised Trump. “Hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work.”

Fauci, who describes his difficult relationship with Trump in his new ebook “On Call,” advised MSNBC’s Ari Melber what he speculated was the explanation for Trump’s insistence on the drug’s skill to quell the outbreak.

“I believe he wanted so badly for this to go away the way influenza goes away, and when he saw it was not going away, then he was hoping for some magical solution, and he even used those words, ‘It’s going to go away like magic,’” Fauci stated. “And then when that didn’t work, then we had to have these miracle cures like hydroxychloroquine, which he got from Laura Ingraham on Fox News.”

Claims concerning the drug’s purported usefulness towards the coronavirus had been bandied about by way of right-wing channels earlier than Ingraham visited the White House in April 2020 to promote Trump on the drug.

Ingraham, who had already been touting hydroxychloroquine on her present together with different Fox personalities, introduced heart specialist Dr. Ramin Oskoui, who was included in a New York Times opinion piece about “dangerous doctors in a pandemic,” and Stephen Smith, an infectious illness specialist, to the assembly, The Wall Street Journal reported. Smith stated in April 2020 that he thought the drug mixed with an antibiotic was “the beginning of the end of the pandemic.”

Trump was bought. In mid-May 2020, he introduced that he had been taking the drug for weeks. “I’ve heard a lot of good stories,” he stated.

But a examine printed in June 2023 by the National Institutes of Health highlighted the futility of the medication as a pre-exposure remedy for COVID-19. It famous no vital distinction between a placebo and the precise drug in stopping an infection.

A examine launched in January 2024 decided that the drug Trump championed as a silver bullet truly elevated the mortality fee by 11% amongst those that took it to deal with COVID-19. It was linked to almost 17,000 deaths in six nations throughout the pandemic’s first wave.