Former Trump cabinet official Dr. Ben Carson claimed on Thursday night that hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin are effective treatments for Covid-19 despite an utter lack of evidence. The segment on Fox News was just another instance of unproven drugs being pushed as remedies for the virus.
“The Biden White House – they downplay anything that is not ‘Get the shot. Boost, boost, boost,’” said Hannity guest host Pete Hegseth, who mentioned monoclonal antibodies, which actually can help people, but after they have contracted Covid. “That’s pretty much all we hear time and time again. Why can’t they make a shift to the things that have actually worked or there’s evidence they are effective as well?”
About Nigeria’s low Covid mortality rate, Carson said: “We should be all over that,” he said. “We should be looking into this. Is this really something that helps? Of course, we know it helps.
Why do we pooh-pooh hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin and some other things? Because we have this silly rule when it comes to vaccines, which says when there’s another useful treatment, an effective treatment, then you cannot get an EUA – an emergency use authorization.”
Previously Carson has suggested that:
✱ The pyramids in Egypt were built as granaries.
✱ Said that “people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”
✱ Said “Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.
✱ Said “ Obamacare was worse than 9/11.
✱ And my personal favorite: “I was in a Popeye’s organization in Baltimore. Guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs. And I just said, I believe that you want the guy behind the counter.”
* There is no evidence the Popeye’s robbery happened.