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Democrat Governors Sisolak and Whitmer Backtrack on Political Chloroquine Bans

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Two Democrat Governors, Nevada’s Steve Sisolak and Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, who just last week banned physicians in their states from prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to save the lives of people suffering from the Wuhan virus have now backtracked and in Whitmer’s case, are now demanding the federal government provide them with supplies of the lifesaving drugs.

The Democrat governors banned the drugs after President Trump touted early studies demonstrating their efficacy against the COVID-19 virus.

Gov. Whitmer directed the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to send a letter last week threatening "administrative action" against doctors who prescribed hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to treat COVID-19. The letter also alleged “these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19."

Similarly, a little over a week ago, Gov. Sisolak signed an emergency order barring the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for someone who has the coronavirus. Sisolak said in a statement that there was no consensus among experts or Nevada doctors that the drugs can treat people with COVID-19.

Sisolak statement announcing the emergency regulation prohibiting the drugs’ use said that said there was “no consensus among COVID-19 experts or Nevada’s own medical health advisory team” that the medications were an effective treatment for the virus.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused Sisolak of politicizing the pandemic after his Tuesday decision to ban the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.

The day after Sisolak’s statement Sen. Cruz tweeted: “During this crisis, we should listen to the science & the medical professionals,” Cruz tweeted on Wednesday. “The opposite approach: the Governor of Nevada, practicing medicine w/o a license—trying to score political points against Trump—& prohibiting NV doctors from prescribing medicines to treat COVID19.”

The orders restricting the drugs came after President Trump touted the medication as a treatment and got ahead of the Food and Drug Administration by claiming the FDA had just approved the use of chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus.

Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration did in fact issue an emergency authorization for the drugs hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate to treat COVID-19. And now Sisolak and Whitmer are singing a different tune. reports Nevada Democrat Sisolak has now decided to allow malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to be prescribed for the impatient treatment coronavirus patients, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The Whitmer administration has also now removed the language threatening doctors from the guidance letter and is even asking the federal government to send shipments of the drugs, Bridge magazine reports.

Both Democrats are now also claiming their original orders were intended to prevent hoarding, rather than an attempt to dunk on President Trump, but we’re having a hard time believing that, especially in light of recent developments in the Democratic Party’s presidential race.

The more she criticized President Trump, the higher the COVID-19 cases skyrocket in Michigan, the higher Whitmer’s profile has risen as she has been critical of the federal government for not having a nationwide plan or acting earlier to prevent the spread of COVID-19, appeared multiple times on national TV and sparred with Trump on Twitter.

And now, to no one’s surprise, Governor Whitmer is on Joe Biden’s short list to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for Vice President.

It seems the Wuhan Flu is only bad for business if you’re in the private sector or the White House. For Democrat political aspirants, like Gretchen Whitmer, it has given them status and a launching pad they could have only dreamed about prior to January when President Trump prohibited flights from China and the media left the impeachment story for the coronavirus story.

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