As time goes on, a growing number of former President Donald Trump’s pandemic-related positions – for which he was frequently excoriated by the left – seem to be achieving vindication, a fact evidenced by a new study indicating that antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine boosted survival rates of patients suffering from serious COVID-19 infection, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Readers will likely recall that during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, then-President Trump spoke frequently of the potential of hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment for serious illness, even using it himself in a prophylactic manner to stave off infection.
According to a recently-published observational study of 255 mechanically-ventilated coronavirus patients at New Jersey’s Saint Barnabas Medical Center, use of hydroxychloroquine together with zinc was found to increase the rate of survival by upwards of 200% if administered at higher doses in cases of severe presentation.
The researchers behind the study wrote, “We found that when the cumulative dozes of two drugs, HQC and AZM were above a certain level, patients had a survival rate 2.9 times the other patients,” the Examiner noted.
Trump’s interest in the drug prompted substantial backlash from the medical community, political commentators, and even social media companies that began censoring content discussing the use of the drug as a way to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed last summer that studies of the drug for this particular use “consistently” showed that it was “not effective.”
In response to such criticism, Trump explained back in July of last year, “With hydroxy, all I want to do is save lives. All I want to do is save lives,” but his interest in exploring a promising treatment for the virus that was ravaging the world held no water with Fox News host Neil Cavuto who blasted Trump’s comments by telling medically vulnerable patients taking the drug at the time, “I cannot stress enough: This will kill you.”
News of the Saint Barnabas Medical Center study prompted pro-Trump conservatives such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to declare vindication on behalf of the former president Wednesday, asking on Twitter, “How many people died bc Dr. Fauci said trust the science and Hydroxychloroquine isn’t effective?”
As the Examiner further noted, this is not the only recent study concluding that hydroxycholoroquine can be effective in treating certain types of COVID-19 patients. A study late last year, for example, reported in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents demonstrated an 84% reduction in hospitalization among individuals who were given the drug.
With new – albeit belated – mainstream credence now being given to the notion that COVID-19 did in fact originate in a Chinese laboratory rather than from a bat in a wet market – it appears increasingly likely that Trump may be poised for yet another “I told you so” moment on a topic that for so long was also subject to the haughty – and ultimately erroneous – certitude of liberals everywhere.