America lacks the strong leadership needed to find a path out of the pandemic, according to a former presidential candidate.
“Let’s throw the politics out,” Dr. Ben Carson reportedly told EpochTV broadcasters. “We could solve this problem pretty quickly.”
His interview with the network show “American Thought Leaders” will reportedly premiere on Dec. 18.
Dr. Carson was a respected neurosurgeon before seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to become its candidate for president. After he bowed out of the hotly-contested primary race, he ended up serving as former President Donald Trump’s HUD Secretary.
Why are there almost no COVID-19 cases on Africa’s western coast, the neurosurgeon wonders in the interview, before answering his own question by pointing to the region’s widespread use of antimalarial drugs like hydroxychloroquine. Carson opined America should study that and see what is going on there.
“Let’s listen to these physician groups who’ve had incredible success with ivermectin,” Carson reportedly said in the interview. “Let’s look at the results with monoclonal antibodies. Let’s look at all of these things.” He added we should consider adopting all of the experimental COVID-19 treatments in our medical arsenal so we are not reliant upon a one-size-fits-all system.
The Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency use authorization for the antimalarial treatment advocated by former President Donald Trump.
“The known and potential benefits of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine no longer outweigh the known and potential risks for the authorized use,” opined FDA officials in June 2020.
Carson noted that viruses change and the coronavirus is doing just that with its fourth identified variant of concern: omicron. The doctor said many times the more a virus mutates, the weaker it gets, which may happen with the recently discovered mutation.
After South Africa and Botswana reported the first cases of omicron, in early November, President Joe Biden instituted a travel ban on eight African countries, and various states have acted as if omicron will turn this winter’s influenza season into a repeat of last year. For example, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has imposed new statewide mask mandates that became effective Monday and last into January 2022.
Since then, African doctors have reported that, even though the new variant is much more contagious than delta, most omicron patients experienced mild cases of COVID-19.
Dr. Carson said Americans should have faith in our government and our health care system, but feels that having politics injected into the issue has disadvantaged citizens, and it will take time to rebuild trust.
“Why not learn how to look at what’s logical and what makes sense?” Carson asked. “And, why not encourage discussion of those things, rather than everybody getting their respective corners and shooting hand grenades at each other?”
“The only path is strong leadership,” he said. “We don’t have that.”
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