Coronavirus (368) Guardian (newspaper) article: Hydroxychloroquine: how an unproven drug became Trump's coronavirus 'miracle cure'

8 April, 2020

Dear Neil,

I think that some of our members may be interested in reading this article by Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco: Hydroxychloroquine: how an unproven drug became Trump’s coronavirus 'miracle cure'

Best wishes


HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development ( She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group.

Email: naimareza AT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thanks Julie. For the benefit of those who may not have immediate web access, here is an extract from the introduction:

'With help from Fox News and Elon Musk, a misleading French study prompted a wave of misinformation that made its way to the president. This weekend, Donald Trump used his daily White House coronavirus briefings to again urge Americans to take hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that has not been shown to be safe or effective against Covid-19. “What do you have to lose? Take it,” the president said... Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease doctor, has repeatedly warned that there is no conclusive evidence to support using the drug...']