Disinfo: Democrats to blame for Covid-19 related deaths, as they control the drugs against the virus

Summary

The Democratic party must be blamed for Covid-19 related deaths. They have influenced the decision about which drug has to be used against the virus. Because of them, use of the more effective Plaquenil was cancelled, and now, the less effective Remdesivir is used. Democrats use all means to return to power.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory on the link between Covid-19 and the Democratic Party.

Relevant agencies, not politicians make the decisions about medical treatments. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for approving certain medications. At the moment, Remdesivir is the only drug approved by the FDA for emergency use against the novel coronavirus. In June, FDA revoked hydroxychloroquine and Plaquenil, explaining that "this drug may not be effective to treat COVID-19 and that the drug’s potential benefits for such use do not outweigh its known and potential risks."

Information about Gilead, Remdesivir manufacturer company, is public. The links between this team and the Democratic Party are not confirmed with any evidence.

The Democratic Party has been the target of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign. This campaign intensified after the protests amid George Floyd's death, claiming that the protests and the unrest were organised by the Democratic party in order to defeat Donald Trump and return to power.

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  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Democratic Party (US)

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