Who is Stella Immanuel and America's Frontline Doctors who claim hydroxychloroquine is a 'cure' for Covid-19?
The group of doctors created quite a furor during a press conference by stating controversial facts about coronavirus and the 'cure' for it
From the steps of the US Supreme Court, a group of doctors calling themselves ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’, held a press conference on July 27. In the almost 45-minute video, physicians from around the country addressed the public about Covid-19 and a “massive disinformation campaign” which according to them, is keeping businesses closed and schools planning to remain closed this coming September. Among other things, the event termed the “first White Coat Summit,” has listed that it will address topics such as 'medical cancel culture,' 'lockdowns,' 'HCQ,' and 'Follow the Money'.
However, what stood out the most was their advocacy for the hydroxychloroquine. Some of the doctors addressing the public have stated that unnecessary deaths have occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Stella Immanuel, a primary care physician from Houston, declared there is a “cure” for Covid-19, while another said that hydroxychloroquine’s use is “being blocked because of politics” and recommended that it be made available “over-the-counter.” Although these are claims being made on the Internet, WHO claims that there is no effect of it on Covid-19 patients.
US had halted a clinical trial that was evaluating the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults hospitalized with Covid-19. While it determined that while there was no harm, the study drug was very unlikely to be beneficial to hospitalized patients with the new coronavirus. Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria and rheumatoid conditions such as arthritis. The drug has often been touted by US President Donald Trump as a potential therapy against coronavirus.
The video which was published on Breitbart News’ Twitter page has been pulled down by the platform stating, “This tweet is no longer available”. The summit is scheduled to be a two-day event (July 27-28). And as reported earlier, on July 27, Immanuel, in the video from the press conference, can be seen saying, "I personally treated over 350 patients with Covid-19. Patients who have diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, old people — my oldest patient is 92. I have put them on hydroxychloroquine, zinc and zithromax, and they are all well." She added, "I have not lost one patient. Fake studies and fake pharma companies say it doesn’t work. Nobody needs to die from this virus. It has a cure and it called hydroxychloroquine. You don’t need mask and you don’t need people to be locked down." Immanuel's Twitter bio reads: 'Physician, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Deliverance Minister, God's battle axe and weapon of war. Rehoboth Medical Center, Houston, TX. Fire Power Ministries.'
According to Rev.com, speakers at the press conference included Pediatrician Bob Hamilton, Dr James Todaro, Dr Joe Ladapo and Dr Dan Erickson. Dr Simone Gold was also present. Dr Erickson, owner of Accelerated Urgent Care, in his speech reminded the public that “99.8 percent of people get through this with little to no progressive or significant disease.”
“This is the first time I’ve seen quarantining healthy,” he continued. “I don’t know if you guys think that’s normal. I find that very strange.” While he said it was good that the US prepared for the worse, Erickson said we must be “realistic with the response.” The doctor says most of the patients that were showing up for him had 'very mild illness' and added that he wanted to come out and “give reality to the situation on the ground and sort of help dispel some fear that people have had.”
On their official website, a detailed two-day schedule has been given. When you click on the speakers' tab, the list shows the names of Dr Scott Barbour, Dr Jeffrey Barke, Dr Teryn Clarke, Dr Simone Gold, Dr Robert Hamilton, Dr Kristin Held, Dr Joseph A. Ladapo, Dr Mark McDonald, Dr James Todaro and Dr Richard Urso. The leadership tab lists Simone Gold, MD, JD, Founder, Teryn Clark, MD, Communications Director, Richard Urso, MD, Science Liason, James M. Todaro, MD, Science Liason, Jeff Barke, MD, Schools Liason, Robert Hamilton, MD, Schools Liason, Scott A. Barbour, MD, Business Liason, Kristin S. Held, MD, Physician Liason, Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD Policy Liason, Mark McDonald, MD, Mental Health Liason, Susanna Dokupil, Steve Mitby, Of Counsel seilermitby.com and Fleccas, Social Media Coordinator. Some of the other speakers at the summit include Dr Mobeen Syed, CL Gray, MD, Dr Lionel H Lee, DO, and Dr Geoff Mitchell.
A Twitter user posted a screenshot alleging this “"Doctors group" created by Breitbart 12 days ago.” There were angry reactions to this press conference on social media. A user said, “This group of white coats (endorsed by Breitbart) are about two days away from lining their homes with tin foil and screaming for the rest of us peons to look skyward and get beamed up. Graduates of Trump U or just hopped up Republicans?”. Another said, “What exactly are the credentials for these doctors? Are they medical doctors, and if so, are they actually employed?”.Some skeptics even did some research and said: "#Hydroxychloroquine The America's Frontline Doctors website has no group info, offers no POV and was registered only 12 days ago. Nice try."
"Not sure if anyone watched the America’s Frontline Doctors - but here is one of the docs that touted hydroxychloroquine, Yeah...I think I’ll stick with Fauci," wrote another.
Meanwhile, Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube are censoring and removing videos of the Covid-19 press conference led by doctors on Capitol Hill.
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