Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine Is ‘Not Effective’ in Treating the Coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci — the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — is disputing claims suggesting hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug touted by the president, is a proven treatment for COVID-19.

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell noted President Donald Trump doubled down on his endorsement of hydroxychloroquine which, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), should not be used to treat the coronavirus because it is not known to be effective and comes with risks.

Mitchell asked Fauci how damaging it is for Trump to continue to defend the drug as a potential treatment.

“You look at the scientific data and the evidence and the scientific data, the cumulative data on trials, clinical trials that were valid, namely critical trials that were randomized and controlled in the proper way. All of those trials show consistently that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease or COVID-19,” Fauci said.

Watch his comments below:

Fauci reiterated the most important thing the nation can do is “follow the science.”

His comments come amid controversy surrounding a video tweeted by Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. showing a group of doctors making false claims about the coronavirus, as IJR previously reported.

One of the doctors identifies “hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax” as a cure for the coronavirus.

The president shared a part of the video featuring a woman named Stella Immanuel who claimed she used the drug on hundreds of patients.

The video was later removed from Facebook.

Mitchell went on to ask Fauci if the nation needs to do more to stop these “dangerous conspiracies” from misleading Americans.

“When there’s a video out there for a bunch of people spouting something that isn’t true, the only recourse you have is to be very very clear in presenting the scientific data that essentially contradicts that,” Fauci said.


  1. Dr face it your 15 min. of fame is over. And to be honest you gave nothing. Take the basic in germ control ,gloves, mask and gowns . Those are used in O R’S. plus hand washing. But you didn’t say anything about gowns. You said it could be transferred from your hands to your face so why not thru the skin. As you must know the body has pores that bring oxygen to the lungs and blood. An infection goes into the lungs and the mussels lock up. While the mussels lock up the mucus fills the lungs.
    So you know hydroxychloroquine is used for arthritis. Arthritis attacks the joints and make them stiff while it degenerate so hydroxychloroquine relax the joint so it is free-er . So when taken with the virus the lungs relax and you can breath more giving you time to get rid of the mucus that is trapped in the lungs . Giving the patient time to clear the lungs. So is it a cure ? No but it is really a medicine with very few side effects and most doctors who used it found it didn’t cause harm.
    I was on it myself , I had pneumonia it helped get rid of the mucus by opening my lungs up. Now a great doctor in New York refused hydroxychloroquine for patients with the virus. And he knew lots of things about that virus because he said so on TV . He stated old people are targets of the virus. But because of his refusal to aloud patients access to hydroxychloroquine they kept die-ING. Findley he allowed it and patients stopped die-ING . He didn’t pay attention to the results around the world. That Doctor was Governor Cuomo but this clown didn’t have a license to practice so you can’t call it Malpractice . You need to call it stupidity. He refused Doctors access to hydroxychloroquine. But he sure knew how to protect Nursing homes from law suits. The reason for that the Nursing homes in turn will file law suits against him. He had already got money from them for his campaign.
    So go back to your lab and watch real doctors work on coming up with a shot to combat the virus so you can take credit for it.

  2. Dear Dr. Fauci:
    the tide may be turning..Here’s an article today:
    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has just announced that the Ohio pharmacy board that had earlier banned the hydroxychloroquine for the prophylactic and treatment of COVID-19 has now reversed its decision:

  3. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, just tested positive. He and his doctor agreed to use zinc, erythromycin, and hydroxychloroquine. This combination will work great! During a pandemic it seems good to try what others are reporting is effective. Why is Dr. Fauci so against this miracle combination? Some people are saying he is so leaning to the left that he wants the crisis to continue on and on and also then he stays in the spotlight. Reminds me of the “Wizard of Oz” for some reason.

  4. Dear Dr. Fauci:
    Perhaps HCQ alone is not effective. However in conjunction with two other drugs components it can deliver the knockout punch. The microbiologist explained the cell mechanism this way. Covid 19 is a rapidly replicating virus within the human cells. HCQ opens the cell door to allow minerals like zinc and selenium to prevent the rapid replication of the virus until the immune system can get up to speed. then the immune system can overcome the virus. Don’t just dismiss this safe drug without a little closer look. The latest news from India shows it can be used prophylactically with much success. It appears they have given it to almost 100,000 people with success.

  5. Unless you believe that Fauci, and all the other career professionals at CDC, NIH, medical research universities, the TV networks, the newspapers, the CIA and FBI, the Defense Department, the Department of Agriculture, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people, are all signed up to lie about nearly everything to take down Donald Trump, unless you believe in a conspiracy this vast whose only contrary voice is Q-Anon, then you have to believe Fauci: the effectiveness of this drug is not demonstrated.

    Concerning the Henry Ford study: there is criticism of its structure.
    See: statnews.com/2020/07/08/a-flawed-covid-19-study-gets-the-white-houses-attention-and-the-fda-may-pay-the-price/
    Quoting from the article:
    “The study that sparked the latest controversy was anything but randomized. Not only was it not randomized, outside experts noted, but patients who received hydroxychloroquine were also more likely to get steroids, which appear to help very sick patients with Covid-19. That is likely to have influenced the central finding of the Henry Ford study: that death rates were 50% lower among patients in hospitals treated with hydroxychloroquine.”

  6. Hugh Wayne Black:

    Please, stop accepting everything that you WANT to be confirmed with poor information.

    For example, you WANT to accept anything that confirms hydroxychloroquine to be useful against COVID-19 even when this study was done poorly. Yes, even American hospitals can do poor research.

    Did YOU do your own due diligence of this new Henry Ford study? No, you did not. You accepted its conclusions on its face value, on what just THEY told you. How do I know this? Because you never looked for information or comments about the quality of the study. If you had, you would have learned that the Henry Ford hospital system only used OBSERVATIONAL data.

    In other words, this study isn’t worth the paper that it is reseased on. Its only use is to encourage OTHER reseach that is contucted properly.

    If you bring up this Henry Ford study again on IJR, I will come over and lay a beating on you so that you can never do this again. Got it?

  7. These lying worms doctor after doctor have treated hudreds of patients with amazing results at knocking out tje virus. These greedy parasites want every body to be forced to pay for their exspensive so called vacine, a flu shot is not a vacine. Hydroxychloriquine is not a cure nobody evet claimed that. They are twisting words there is no cure for corona viruses or we would have cured the common cold

  8. what dr fauci is not telling you is that zinc is something most Americans are deficient in to begin with and hydroxychloroquine has limited side effect especially in the doses they are recommending that using it would cause no harm what so ever other than to give patients hope. additionally he did not respond to the doctors who claimed their patients got better, why because they did and there is nothing he can say to refute it

  9. Aspirin can cause heart damage. HCQ has been and is being used widely for arthritis and other ailments with no harmful consequences. Your fear mongering garbage has no place in the real world.

  10. Julia: ALL prescription drugs can injure one or another body organ. People have DIED from using prescription drugs over a long period of time.

  11. Not effective? Tell that to those who have recovered from this Chinese virus by using hydroxycholoroquine. They will boo you out of the room.

  12. so what Dr Fauci says supercedes anything said by immunologists here and around the globe have found through testing? The FDA and the E.U. joined forces on 6/25/20 but does this mean that the FDA will simply disregard any the E.U. discovers?
    Basically, the individual’s doctor know more about them than Fauci does.

  13. Dr Slouchy is lying!! I’ve lost what little respect I ever had for the man by doubling down on this stupidity!!

    The Lancet article that claimed hydro chloroquine wasn’t effective when the authors of the paper admitted to faking the data (so much for the UK’s most distinguished medical journal).

    The Henry Ford Medical System here and around Detroit did an extensive study on HCQ and found it absolutely was effective in shortening the duration and severity of COVID. At the outset of the study, they were skeptical as well, but saw no downsides to testing it. It was a controlled study using both staff and patients.

    Why won’t Slouchy admit to its effectiveness? Does he have ulterior motives????

  14. “You’re not a doctor on the inside, I’m more of a doctor than you on the inside”

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