Tristan Justice at The Federalist picked up the story:
This story is just incredible to me. The Lancet--a peer reviewed journal--apparently got reviewed by scientific peers for not subjecting a "study" on HCQ to the most minimal vetting. The verdict of the peers was extremely negative. The folks at The Lancet are now consuming a large helping of crow:
The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal that published a 96,000-subject study indicting the efficacy of the politically controversial hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 has retracted its findings that the malaria medication led to an increased risk of death.
“Today, three of the authors of the paper, ‘Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis”, have retracted their study,” The Lancet said in a retraction statement Thursday. “They were unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis. As a result, they have concluded that they ‘can no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources.”
The "study", now retracted as bullsh*t, was widely touted by experts such as Neil Cavuto in puerile attempts to discredit a guy who obviously has done his homework on the subject: President Trump. But the most delicious reminder of how unscientific not only know-nothings like Cavuto but the scientific establishment has become is this one:
"The scientific data is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy," Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said of using #hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19.— POLITICO (@politico) May 27, 2020
But he stopped short of calling for an outright ban of the drug https://t.co/8qezrmzorn pic.twitter.com/x8URfoL2zC
Imagine that--Fauci, "the nation's top infectious disease expert", stopped short of banning a drug that is used worldwide and has been approved by the FDA as safe for 60 years! Is there any nonsense that TDSers will not espouse in their insane rage against a president who has consistently done his best to further the interests of everyday Americans--in the face of a steady drumbeat of vilification?
UPDATE: When you think about it, Fauci's performance with regard to HCQ is really a firing offense. He's supposed to be offering leadership in a pandemic that has targeted the elderly in particular, but instead he has embraced a hoax narrative that is essentially a type of conspiracy theory ('Trump has a financial interest in HCQ' - the NYT). In the moral equivalent of a war--we did shut the country down, pretty much, right?--he has sabotaged our defenses. Inexcusable.