Democrats Accuse Trump Admin Of Rushing COVID Treatments, Vaccines

Democrats on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released a report Wednesday alleging the Trump administration pressured health officials to approve unproven COVID-19 treatments and rush authorization of vaccines.

The report alleges former President Donald Trump and his top advisers pushed former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) to unproven treatments like hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma. Hahn alleged that top Trump officials pushed the FDA to rush authorization of the first vaccine so it would be available before the 2020 presidential election.

Documents obtained by @COVIDOversight reveal TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz pushed Trump WH officials—including Dr. Deborah Birx & Jared Kushner— to generate support for hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) early in the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/DpaW6qqemc

— Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (@COVIDOversight) August 24, 2022

In a transcribed interview with the committee, Hahn claimed that Trump White House official Peter Navarro personally pressured him to re-authorize hydroxychloroquine for emergency use, despite insufficient data supporting its efficacy. Documents reveal that Navarro and an associate, Dr. Steven Hatfill, petitioned Vice President Mike Pence and Trump themselves to seek re-authorization.

Emails obtained by the committee show that Hatfill and Navarro used private email accounts while working

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