Trump: Stop Pushing Unauthorized Coronavirus Treatments for Political Gain

Target: Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America

Goal: Stop rushing unauthorized coronavirus treatments that could further endanger the public for political gain.

President Trump pressured the National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) to authorize a coronavirus treatment before the Republican National Convention (RNC), even as health agencies cited concern over the treatment’s safety and effectiveness. Officials are worried that the White House will exert greater pressure to approve a vaccine before Election Day for political gain.

President Trump called the director of the N.I.H. regarding authorization of a blood plasma treatment for coronavirus patients, telling him to “Get it done by Friday.” Officials rushed to authorize the treatment and on the eve of the RNC, Trump claimed that the possible remedy would be widely available and could reduce deaths by 35 percent, drastically overstating what data had shown about the actual effectiveness.

Rushing a vaccine for the coronavirus could be very dangerous to the public. Sign below and demand that President Trump stop pressuring health agencies to authorize a treatment before they are sure of the safety and effectiveness.


Dear President Trump,

It is evident that you are attempting to display progress in the battle against the coronavirus to increase your chances at re-election, regardless of whether or not a potential treatment will be safe or effective.

Rushing the process of approving a vaccine could be very dangerous to the public. I demand that you stop pressuring health agencies to come up with a vaccine merely for your own political gain.


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