By: Ted Patterson
President Trump has been touting the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for Coronavirus, and leading media platforms have removed a video showing a group of doctors promoting the drug.
The BBC reports:
The video was broadcast online by right-wing online platform Breitbart, viewed over 17 million times on Facebook. It was also shared on Twitter by Donald Trump and many of his supporters.
The video, a 45-minute livestream of the first day of a "White Coat" summit by the group, was posted to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by Breitbart and quickly went viral.
"The virus has a cure, it's called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax," says one of the doctors in the video.
The Facebook video, as well as racking up millions of views, was shared nearly 600,000 times before it was taken down.
Facebook told the BBC it removed the video “for violating our Covid-19 misinformation policies."
This controversy comes on the heels of an op-ed a professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health wrote for Newsweek, in which he declared about hydroxychloroquine:
When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective, especially when given in combination with the antibiotics azithromycin or doxycycline and the nutritional supplement zinc.
"You don't need masks. 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."
Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.