Former US President Donald Trump (left) and Dr. Anthony Fauci at a meeting at the Rose Garden, White House, March 29, 2020.  Photo: AP.

Fauci recalls fears when Trump proposes ‘injecting disinfectant’

Dr. Fauci said he was afraid people might act “stupid” when Trump proposed an injection of an antiseptic to cure Covid-19 last year.

Former US President Donald Trump in April of last year caused controversy when suggesting that scientists should find ways to introduce light or disinfectant into the bodies of people infected with nCoV to help them kill the virus.

“I see the antiseptic kills viruses in a minute, a minute. And is there a way for us to do the same by injecting them inside the body or cleaning them out?” Trump said in a comment. press conference of the anti-Covid-19 task force at the White House at that time.

This view immediately inspired fierce criticism from the scientific community, though Trump later explained it was just a “satire”. America’s leading epidemiologist Anthony Fauci said on January 25 that he and his colleagues tried everything they could to disprove Trump’s proposal.

“There are people who hear that from the president and they will immediately start doing stupid and dangerous things. That’s why we, who weren’t there, immediately said ‘This is the thing.’ should not do ‘. Be honest,’ said Fauci.

Former US President Donald Trump (left) and Dr. Anthony Fauci at a meeting at the Rose Garden, White House, March 29, 2020. Image: AP.

According to Dr. Fauci, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned Trump’s antiseptic injection proposal a day later and stressed “Do not do this”.

The top American epidemiologist said the former president had received both “good and bad news” while Covid-19 was on the rise. “Regrettably, inaccurate news seems to prevail over science-based information,” Fauci said.

Fauci said the way in which the White House, including former President Trump, retaliated against him for using hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of Covid-19, prompted him to speak out.

“I am not happy against the president, but I must preserve my integrity and also protect science,” Fauci said.

Dr. Fauci had previously denied the effectiveness of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine in treating Covid-19, but Trump promoted the drug as a “miracle” in the midst of the pandemic.

After Trump left the White House, Fauci agreed to serve as President Joe Biden’s top adviser on Covid-19. During a press conference on January 21, the medical expert said he can now focus on the science of the Biden administration, no longer worrying about a reaction like the Trump era.

Ngoc Anh (According to the Hill)


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