Trump health official: Time to ‘move on’ from hydroxychloroquine

The warnings from administration officials have failed to dissuade the president from touting the treatment.

Last week, Trump promoted hydroxychloroquine in tweets and public statements, arguing that “many doctors think it is extremely successful, the hydroxychloroquine coupled with the zinc and perhaps the azithromycin.” A widely viewed video showed doctors in white lab coats standing on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court promoting its use; Donald Trump Jr. shared that video (leading to a Twitter suspension), and the president retweeted it.

But Giroir on Sunday suggested that doctors would be unlikely to prescribe the drug. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, has also dismissed the benefits of hydroxychloroquine in recent days.

“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,” Giroir said. “And the evidence just doesn’t show that hydroxychloroquine is effective right now.