Wednesday, May 20, 2020
After Trump claimed a study that found hydroxychloroquine was not effective in treating COVID-19 was a "Trump enemy statement," Anderson Cooper interviewed a researcher who worked on the study. Cooper asked David Holtgrave, Dean, School of Public Health, University at Albany, Suny if he did the research to create a "Trump enemy statement." Cooper: "When you hear that, I mean, I - I - I hesitant to even ask you this question because it seems insulting because you are a professional but I - I have to ask you, is there any - was there any animus toward President Trump or did that even enter your mind when doing this study?" Holtgrave answers: "No, not at all and I think that when anyone goes into a treatment study, given the severity of COVID-19 as a disease, given the scope of this pandemic, everyone who's doing research, looking at different treatments, hopes those treatments work. You go into these - this line of work hoping that one could find some medication, some vaccines that are going to alleviate human suffering and save lives. So if anything, it would be great to be able to come on your show and say if people took these two pills, they would be doing much better and have - have recovered. But when we look at this literature, that's not what we see so far in terms of treatment."
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