“On the therapeutics front, this is what I’ve been looking to do for a long time. This is a great thing.”
President Donald Trump declared the emergency use of convalescent plasma as a treatment method for Covid-19 patients on Sunday, but not after taking a jab at the Food and Drug Administration, accusing the agency of being associated with the “deep state” conspiracy, and complaining about the delay in the coming up with actual treatment.
Covid-19, a disease caused by the Coronavirus strain SARS-CoV-2, has claimed more than 175,000 lives in America, crippled the US economy, and lessened reelection chances for the incumbent president due to mismanagement. The government has invested billions in the development of treatment options under the Operation Warp Speed program, which aims to beat the election day on November 3 with a surprise set to be unveiled in October.
“I’m pleased to make a truly historic announcement in our battle against the China virus that will save countless lives,” said Trump during the Sunday press conference at the White House.
Convalescent plasma has been a treatment choice for flu, measles, and other viral infections before. Even before emergency authorization, hospitals have been using plasma treatment for more than 64,000 Covid-19 infected patients in the country despite a lack of proof of its effectiveness.
The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives! @SteveFDA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2020
This conspiracy theory believes in the existence of a group of bureaucrats who are working towards the president’s downfall, looking to sabotage his every move. A strong believer of the “deep state” theory, a Fox Business host claims it to be the reason for the recent arrest of White House adviser Steve Bannon, for charges of fund skimming for a Mexico border cause.
“We’ve looked at a number of people that are not being as diligent as they should be in terms of getting to the bottom of it,” says Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff. These are among the accusations against the FDA about delaying Covid treatments.
Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA commissioner responds with: “I firmly reject the idea they would slow-walk anything or accelerate anything based on any political consideration or any consideration other than what is best for the public health and a real sense of mission to patients.”
There is not much information about the most optimal way to administer plasma to patients, but there have been positive results so far from the previous usage. A lot of other drugs are being reviewed for their potential activity against SARS-CoV-2, while the president has made a lot of claims and recommendations without scientific proof. One example is his support on the utilization of hydroxychloroquine, which had clear evidence of harmful effects. He also made statements on ultraviolet light and bleach.