Follow the Science — NOT

The parallels between Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continue to accumulate. The latest example concerns the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine to fight COVID-19. Like President Trump, President Bolsonaro has publicly touted the value of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment. And, also like President Trump, he has been ridiculed for doing so and condemned by the media, which continue to denigrate the value of the drug.

The two brief videos below concern hydroxychloroquine and its use by President Bolsonaro. Many thanks to José Atento for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

The first video shows Jair Bolsonaro taking a dose of hydroxychloroquine and proclaiming its efficacy:

In the second video a journalist named Alexandre Garcia, who apparently works for CNN Brasil, describes the absurdity of the media campaign against hydroxychloroquine:

Video transcript #1:

00:01   Right now, I am taking the third dose of hydroxychloroquine
00:08   I feel very well. I was ‘more or less’ on Sunday, feeling bad on Monday.
00:14   Today, Tuesday, I am much better than Saturday.
00:18   With all certainty, right? It is working!
00:26   We know today there are other drugs that can be used to fight Coronavirus.
00:34   We know that none has scientifically proven effectiveness,
00:38   but for one more person it is working. I trust in hydroxychloroquine.
00:42   What about you? Bye.
 

Video transcript #2:

00:00   Before commenting on that, I cannot forget
00:05   you mentioned Bolsonaro showed the box containing hydroxychloroquine
00:09   and every news I report heard, my colleagues, the reporters, said something like:
00:14   “He showed the box of hydroxychloroquine, for which there is no scientific evidence,”
00:18   and the reporter is in front of the president, who is the scientific evidence
00:23   showing the use of hydroxychloroquine works! I can’t understand.
00:26   The reports seems to go to the Moon, to Mars, to use that catchphrase, that stamp, that label
00:33   that someone is ordering every reporter to say
00:37   “there is no scientific evidence.”
00:41   And all of our friends who have been treated early, they are all healed,
00:44   they have all passed through COVID-19 in two, three days,
00:49   but “there is no scientific evidence”…
00:52   This is a bit of stubbornness that makes us lose credibility.
00:56   The person knows the reporter is simply repeating a catchphrase,
01:04   and the obviousness is in front of him.
 

6 thoughts on “Follow the Science — NOT

  1. When I was deployed to Afghanistan it was mandatory on pain of Article 15 that one should take their dosage of hydroxy chloroquine. I didn’t tolerate it too well and they put me on a different prophylactic.

    That this is used for off-label treatment should be unremarkable. It has been killing malaria for decades so why get ones panties in a bunch now?

  2. It is a given in here Colombia that the foreign news in their mainstream media is taken from CNN. Therefore, here nobody can be expected to know anything otherwise unless they have someone like an aunt in California, a naturalized U.S. citizen who came out strongly for Trump in 2016, after having voted for Obama twice and being disappointed in him. I suspect other leftest media in other South American countries are doing the same. Here, a few years back, a news agency that tried to take what we in the U.S. would call a more conservative position got shut down by the government. That was under Santos.

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