Coronavirus (866) Policymakers and health misinformation (31)

29 July, 2020

Extract from a BBC news article. Read online:


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...


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

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