The FT has a ‘long read’ article on Brazil’s President. The article darkly hints at the possibility of the return of military rule in Brazil. To be fair, the article does quote, more than once, some former Army Officers dismissing that possibility.
What was interesting to me was the mention, in passing, about HCQ and discrediting it. So, I left a comment on the article and here it is:
As always, some of the comments are more perceptive than the original piece itself. Much of the criticism of Mr. Bolsonaro has been centred on his handling of the covid and his recommendation of the treatment of Hydroxychloroqine. Quite unsurprisingly, in an article dedicated to Brazilian politics, the author slip in this sentence:
“The current health minister is an active duty general who followed orders from Mr Bolsonaro to dispense the discredited drug chloroquine to Covid-19 patients. For independent analysts and some politicians, the presence alone of such figures is itself a potential risk to democracy.”
Really? Who discredited it and why?
If my memory serves me right, a scandalous paper, published without due process in the Lancet and in the New England Journal of Medicine as well (to boot) had to be withdrawn to the acute embarrassment of the prestigious publications. That paper tried to discredit HCQ without a shred of scientific rigour. Sadder was that it got published.
If one wanted to discuss being discredited, it was the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.
More recently, we have Harvey Risch, epidemiologist from Yale School of Public Health arguing for the cost-effective HCQ: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/hydroxychloroquine-works-in-high-risk-patients-and-saying-otherwise-is-dangerous
Today’s youth seem to have a historic opportunity to see the conspiracy theories that they read in thriller movies play out right in front of them to the utter disregard of human lives.
What a world we live in?!