Fact Check: Did Dr Anthony Fauci Advise HCQ As Treatment Of COVID-19 In His Personal Email? Here’s The Truth

A post is going viral on social media claiming that Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the US President, has advised his family through email to take hydroxychloroquine and antibiotic therapy as a cure to COVID-19.

The post has an image of Dr Fauci with text on it that reads, “FACT: One of Fauci’s most incredible emails is the one in which he advises a family member to use hydroxychlorichin and antibiotic therapy, The same evening in which in a press conference he attacked DJT on the usefulness of hydroxychlorichin to fight the virus. The world has always been full of traitorous slimeballs, but one as vile as Fauci has not been seen since the days of Judas. I believe that hell will never be deep enough, hot enough, painful enough for him and his associates.”

The link to the above post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did a fact check and found the claim to be fake.

On searching with the keyword, we found a BBC report published on June 2, 2021. According to the report, over 30,000 personal emails of Dr Fauci between January 2020 to June 2020 were retrieved by Washington Post and Buzzfeed News through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The emails show a glimpse of his conversations with the government, foreign and domestic health officials, the media, celebrities, and general public and into the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and his dealings with the outbreak.

We checked the set of personal emails of Dr Fauci here. While there are some emails where he spoke about hydroxychloroquine, we found no email where he advised hydroxychloroquine as a treatment of COVID-19.

We also found no media reports saying Dr Fauci suggested taking hydroxychloroquine to anyone.
We however found a report published by CNBC, on July 29, 2020, which mentioned that Dr Fauci has said that no scientific data shows hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating COVID-19.
USA Today also reported all the email conversations of Dr Fauci regarding hydroxychloroquine and none of them mentioned that he approved the use of the medicine as COVID-19 treatment.
On March 22, 2020, ABC reported that Dr Fauci in a press briefing was critical of then US President Donald Trump’s suggestion of taking hydroxychloroquine as a treatment of COVID-19.
When asked if hydroxychloroquine can be used as a COVID-19 treatment, as was suggested by the then US President Donald Trump, Dr Fauci answered in the negative. He said, “The information that you’re referring to specifically is anecdotal. It was not done in a controlled clinical trial, so you really can’t make any definitive statement about it.”

Hence, we can evidently conclude that the viral claim is false and misleading.

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