This week has been a busy week for truth auditors looking into false and misleading allegations about the Corona virus epidemic.
A misleading video featuring American doctors recorded more than 17 million views before social media platforms removed it.
There were many other allegations that circulated in American social media accounts, some of which we are revealing.
The claim: Dr. Fauchi says that once the Covid 19 vaccine is made it should be released To use Before conducting “appropriate studies”.
Verdict: The quote, which is widely published on social media, is wrong.
Repeated online publications (memes) that have enjoyed thousands of likes on Instagram and Facebook this week indicate that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief infectious disease expert who leads US treatment of Corona virus, believes that the vaccine must be delivered for “immediate human injection, and studies can be conducted” The occasion later. ”
This same publication also indicates that Dr. Fauchi refused to consent to the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus because no “major study” had been done on it, in an attempt to highlight its inconsistency.
The US National Institutes of Health institute (where Dr. Fauchi works) said when contacted by the BBC: The vaccine statement “is completely fabricated, as Dr. Fauchi did not say anything of the kind”.
The United States government is adopting a plan to provide an effective vaccine by January 2021, in what is known as the “rapid delivery process”.
According to the National Institutes of Health, “The program will determine the safety of the 19 Covid vaccines under study, ensure the safety of participants, and also ensure the safety of vaccine trials.”
Regarding the comments on the hydroxychloroquine studies, the health authority said: “Dr. Fuchi has said publicly that a study should be undertaken to determine whether any particular drug is safe and effective for Covid 19 treatment.”
Dr. Fauchi also recently told the BBC that there were “randomized control studies” that demonstrated that hydroxychloroquine “was ineffective in treating Covid 19”.
The claim: “Six thousand doctors surveyedT votes.Hm ”Hydroxychloroquine is effective.
Verdict: We cannot find any evidence to support this claim.
A social media post on Twitter garnered 40,000 likes and participation, and the post says that 6,000 doctors surveyed around the world said hydroxychloroquine was “effective in Covid-19 patients.”
This publication was shared without a source, and it gained momentum as the video “Doctors of America Front Line” achieved a great popularity this week.
We believe that this allegation incorrectly refers to the results of a survey of about 6 thousand doctors in 30 countries published last April by a company called Sermo.
We called the company that provided data that showed that although 6,000 doctors had been contacted, only 2,171 doctors had responded to this particular question.
Of these, only 37 percent chose hydroxychloroquine as the most effective treatment from a list of 15 options. This percentage represents about 800 physicians, or only 13 percent of those surveyed, which is much lower than the 6 thousand number claimed by the post above.
Moreover, the company that conducted the survey says that the participants are doctors registered with it, and therefore they are not a sample representing all doctors worldwide.
The claim: a ban Vital research AboutCorona virus treatment.
Verdict: This is misleading because it indicates research AboutA different virus.
Another widely shared tweet this week published a 2005 laboratory study of the efficacy of chloroquine against the SARS virus, followed by allegations that “denying access to proven preventative treatment during the epidemic is a crime against humanity.”
This is very misleading. A 2005 study tested chloroquine to fight SARS infection long before the current Corona virus causing Covid-19 was present.
Chloroquine is similar to hydroxy chloroquine (the latter is a less toxic form than the first) and has not been shown to be effective against Covid-19.
SARS is similar to the new corona virus, but it is not the same virus that causes Covid-19.
It was also produced in a laboratory environment, which means that it did not develop in human patients.
The claim: Companies are prohibitedmanufacturing Major medications ”introduced hydroxychloroquine.
Verdict: No evidence On that.
Rumors circulated that drug manufacturers were blocking the release of hydroxy chloroquine this week, especially after the removal of a video clip from the “Front Line Doctors America” press conference.
“No one will make any money from hydroxychloroquine, and for this reason, ladies and gentlemen, is being opposed,” said a conservative radio presenter in a post shared 3,000 times on Facebook.
A post shared thousands of times claimed that “major drug companies” and “major governments” in both the United States and Europe intentionally promoted other drugs because they were more expensive.
An Instagram user claimed that the doctors in the video of the virus “risk their lives while they are speaking against the major drug companies”.
“There is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine has been banned by anyone,” says Professor Stephen Evans of the London School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
He adds that the pharmaceutical industry is making profits from hydroxychloroquine, which is approved to treat other diseases such as malaria.
“But in this specific area, Covid-19 treatment, they don’t have a product that is currently an alternative, so they have no strong interest in discouraging the use of hydroxychloroquine.”