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> I want to cover my eyes and ears for the media and political shit show that's going to come from this. It's true that a certain politician shouldn't be trumpeting unproven treatments, but the media seemed to celebrate when that politician was "proven" wrong. Did we forget that we should all be rooting for treatments to work?

We're hoping for _a_ treatment to work. Trump's motivations were largely self-interest, financial investments and other.

We didn't celebrate because Trump was wrong. There was skepticism about the treatment, but he (not a physician) was up there pimping it. Even he didn't necessarily believe it was the cure. For all he said that, he said "Hey, take it anyway, why not? Can't hurt!" (when indeed it can). Finally came conclusive evidence that "You are wrong. Be quiet." Though Trump being Trump, that didn't overly work.

It's no different to "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli, who once lodged an appeal / protest against a drug being approved...

Not because it was dangerous. Or less effective. Or more expensive.

No, in fact it was safer than treatments out there. And more effective. And cheaper.

And all those reasons meant he opposed it. Because it wasn't _his_ drug. People who say "Big Pharma is holding the cure to cancer", etc., all those conspiracy theories? Shkreli literally opposed a better drug because it would cost him and his company profits.




What financial investments? It seems like there would be a lot of people with financial interests being against a generic $0.04 drug.


> What financial investments?

He has three trusts who have holdings in Sanofi, the manufacturer. For one of the trusts, Sanofi is the single largest holding.

> a generic $0.04 drug.

Not sure where you're getting that. GoodRx: "The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of hydroxychloroquine is around $14.95, 91% off the average retail price of $174.01." https://www.drugs.com/price-guide/hydroxychloroquine has it at around $0.63-$0.80 per dose.

It's also 5 doses of that drug dose per person per 48 hours. The standard dosing regime is 14 days. Seven million confirmed cases and we're in the realm of $200M. Prophylactic dosing is the same, for how many millions of people, and now we're talking a lot of money and a lot of financial interest.


On Twitter I've seen too many celebrate that Trump was wrong. While this is about saving lives.

It's the same with people that were applauding healthcare workers but now have no issues with protesters that don't take any COVID measures.

It's terrible that health is politicized, it should be above all parties.

I also have a bit of an issue with your statement about Trump's motivations.

Just these presumptions are why some people didn't want the medicine to work, while in reality we can all only just guess about his motivations.


I think you are confusing "didn't want the medicine to work" with "never believed that the medicine worked".

I also think you are trying to say there is some inconsistency between applauding health workers for doing necessary work that put them in danger of catching and spreading covid, and applauding protesters for doing necessary work that put them in (much less) danger of catching and spreading covid?


As a paramedic who has responded to these protests, and has also worked at Quarantine/Isolation facilities, I appreciate some of your presumptions here about issues, etc.

Three of Trump's personal trusts have investments in Sanofi, the manufacturer of HCQ. In fact, in one of the trusts, Sanofi is the largest holding. So I don't think it's entirely unwarranted to question motivations.

Celebrating someone being wrong is, agreed, wrong.




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