Coronavirus (866) Policymakers and health misinformation (31)

29 July, 2020

Extract from a BBC news article. Read online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53575964

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US President Donald Trump has again defended the use of hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, contradicting his own public health officials.

He argued the malaria medication was only rejected as a Covid-19 treatment because he had suggested it.

His remarks come after Twitter banned his eldest son for posting a clip touting hydroxychloroquine.

There is no evidence the drug can fight the virus, and regulators warn it may cause heart problems...

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How can policymakers be held to account for dangerous health misinformation?

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