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Social media platforms have removed posts by pop icon Madonna featuring a video of a doctor claiming that she has ‘cured’ hundreds of patients using the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine.
Madonna, 61, shared a video to her millions of followers featuring a group called “America’s Frontline Doctors,” in which they claimed that hydroxychloroquine was effective at treating COVID-19.
The video features Dr. Stella Immanuel, a West African born and trained physician who practices in Houston, whom Madonna called “my hero” for allegedly publicizing the ‘cure.’
“The Truth will set us all Free,” the pop star wrote. “But some people dont [sic] want to hear the truth. Especially the people in power who stand to make money from this long drawn out search for a vaccine Which [sic] has been proven and has been available for months.
“They would rather let fear control them and let the rich get richer and the poor get sicker,” Madonna added.
The pop star also posted the video to her Instagram account, where she has 15.4 million followers, but the platform flagged it as “false information,” Forbes reported, adding that more than 17 million people viewed the video on Breitbart’s Facebook page before that platform removed it.
Facebook said it removed the video for “sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.”
Twitter and YouTube have also scrubbed it, but not before a version of it was shared by President Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr.
“I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her,” President Trump said earlier this week after calling her “very impressive.”
Immanuel claimed she has successfully treated more than 350 patients with a combination of hydroxychloroquine, Zithromax, and zinc.
Calling the drug combo a “cure” for coronavirus, she added that “nobody needs to die.”
She also said that hydroxychloroquine could be used prophylactically, to help prevent the Chinese-based disease from infecting people.
“So if some fake science, some person sponsored by all these fake pharma companies comes out says, ‘Oh, we’ve done studies and they found out that it doesn’t work,’ I can tell you categorically it’s fake science,” Immanuel said.
The Houston-based physician also suggested that the country’s top immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent himself from getting sick by challenging him to submit to a “urine sample.”
According to a now-expired website for the group, which was founded by Dr. Simone Gold, physicians staged a “White Coat Summit” in Washington, D.C., Monday and Tuesday to “create the opportunity for frontline doctors to talk directly to the American people.”
“If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease,” the website stated.
Others cited their support for Immanuel’s work and the potential for the drug.
“#Hydroxychloroquineworks is now proven conclusively. It should be used consistently to reduce the already declining mortality rate of Covid-19. Those who suppressed its use are directly responsible for deaths that could have been avoided,” presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani wrote in a tweet that the platform has taken down for ‘violating’ community rules.
President Trump mentioned in passing during a press briefing on coronavirus in May that he was taking hydroxychloroquine, a decision later defended by the White House after the president was roundly criticized.
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