The meeting that took place in the White House Situation Room March 28, where several government officials gave their opinions about a possible treatment for the coronavirus (Chinese Communist Party virus), ended up turning into a heated verbal confrontation.
The discussion centered between White House economic adviser Peter Navarro and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, while discussing the idea of introducing a drug as a possible treatment for those infected with CCP Virus (coronavirus).
According to a report from the meeting, the gathering turned into an exchange of words as soon as Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Han mentioned hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to fight malaria, as a possible treatment for the virus.
According to eyewitnesses, Navarro left several folders on the table with information about the drug while highlighting studies that have been implemented abroad on the effectiveness of the treatment.
Fauci later disagreed with Navarro’s statements, warning that the information on the effectiveness of the treatment was only anecdotal and that more data was needed to validate its effectiveness. Navarro replied, “That’s science, not anecdote,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Navarro further argued that Fauci had previously opposed the Trump administration’s decision to temporarily ban travel from China, saying, “You were the one who early on objected to the travel restrictions with China.”
According to The Hill, there is no evidence that the Institute of Disease and Infectious Warfare official has publicly criticized the Trump administration’s decision, and he praised the policy at a March 12 press conference.
Trump administration officials and the president himself have promoted hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for the CCP Virus, although it is not yet clear how effective it is.
According to a survey conducted by Sermo, a private network for U.S. doctors, 37% of 6,227 doctors in different countries have considered the drug as “the most effective therapy” among 15 other drug options to treat the CCP Virus.
In the words of Sermo CEO Peter Kirk, the survey results are a “treasure trove of global insights for policymakers.”
“Physicians should have more of a voice in how we deal with this pandemic and be able to quickly share information with one another and the world,” Kirk said.
“With censorship of the media and the medical community in some countries, along with biased and poorly designed studies, solutions to the pandemic are being delayed,” he added.
Similarly, 63 percent of U.S. doctors who participated in the survey suggest that restrictions should be lifted in six weeks or more, noting that the peak of the epidemic is at least 3-4 weeks away.
Meanwhile, an official who was present at the White House meeting Saturday told Axios that it was unusual for an incident to occur between Navarro and Fauci.
“There has never been a confrontation in the task force meetings like the one yesterday (…) People speak up and there’s robust debate, but there’s never been a confrontation. Yesterday was the first confrontation.”
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are currently more than 300,000 cases of coronavirus infection in the United States.