Thousands of emails sent to and on behalf of Dr. Anthony Fauci were recently published Buzzfeed News and Washington Post, highlighting the inside thoughts of the country’s leading infectious disease expert during the coronavirus pandemic.
But the emails also shed light on the views of those who were compatible with him. This includes US representatives. Fred Upton, a St. Joseph Republican, arrives at Fauci on April 10, 2020.
Upton reached out to Fauci to ask a question about hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug then-President Donald Trump was pushing as a coronavirus treatment for the coronavirus despite a lack of scientific evidence to support it.
Since hydroxychloroquine is used to treat lupus, Upton asked Fauci if anyone who had the disease had contracted COVID-19. Fauci wrote back that the answer was “almost certainly yes”, but cautioned that there was not enough data to say so conclusively.
The next day, Upton reached out to Fauci again with a link to an article. hill About GOP lawmakers who opposed Fauci’s COVID-19 recommendations because it was hurting businesses.
“It’s ready again and there’s no need to respond,” Upton wrote. “You may be asked about this story and you should know that both [Rep. Ken Buck (of Colorado)] and [Rep. Andy Biggs (of Arizona)] Was among 40 who did not vote on another package providing aid and testing (think it was $13B). It was no surprise that she didn’t vote on her association with Tom Massey. [Kentucky] In almost everything.”
Upton signed off with rare praise for Fauci coming from a Republican: “Remain a science truth teller.”
“Thanks, Fred,” Fauci replied. “I appreciate your note.”
Upton, a moderate, was one of only 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump after the January 6 uprising.
Hydroxychloroquine became a political flashpoint for Republicans, especially in MichiganGovernor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration banned it as a treatment for COVID-19 patients in an effort to protect it for non-coronavirus patients. Whitmer later reversed course, Asking the Federal Government for the Shipment of Medicine, and Henry Ford Health System launched the largest study of it as a potential preventive measure against COVID-19. (within months, Study quietly abandoned because hospital did not find enough volunteer test subjects After other studies found the drug to be potentially dangerous.)
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