Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Democratic rival, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, said it’s “actually not surprising” that, according to a new report, Oz pushed former President Donald Trump’s administration for research on an unproven COVID-19 treatment.
In the early weeks of the pandemic, former President Donald Trump embraced hydroxychloroquine, a treatment for malaria, as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Trump described hydroxychloroquine, along with another drug, as potentially “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”
Behind the scenes, as well on Fox News and his own daytime television show, Dr. Mehmet Oz was encouraging optimism about the drug despite there being little evidence at the time that it worked. Since then, numerous studies have shown is not an effective treatment for COVID-19.
A new report, from House Select Committee on the Coronavirus, shows that Oz— now the Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania — was emailing top White House officials to encourage the former president’s interest, as The Philadelphia …