The second best laugh I’ve had today was imagining Trump turning on the TV to find Fauci and Birx at the podium in the White House briefing room, informing the world that the MAGA wonder drug is a bust. Imagine how their next meeting with the president would go.
The best laugh I’ve had today was imagining Trump acquiescing to a request from Fauci and Birx to give that briefing. It would amount to a flashing neon sign that “TRUMP WAS WRONG.” Sure, it’d be good for the country by maybe convincing a few people at the margins to stop obsessing about HCQ and focus on preventative measures until we have a drug that really does work reliably. But who cares whether the country would benefit if the price would be the president having to admit he was wrong?
Expert opinion on hydroxychloroquine remains mixed. As I said yesterday, enthusiasts include an epidemiologist at Yale’s School of Public Health. Observational studies are also mixed. Some say the drug is promising, others say it doesn’t help and might actually cause harm. But the important studies, the randomized clinical trials, aren’t mixed. They all point to “bust.” That’s why Gottlieb felt so sure telling MSNBC this morning that the evidence was “definitive.”