Ohio state Rep. Tavia Galonski (D) said she plans on referring President Donald Trump to The Hague international court on charges of “Crimes Against Humanity” for his promotion of the malaria and lupus drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.
While clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine are currently underway, there is no formal scientific study showing that the drug is more effective than existing treatments for COVID-19. That said, many doctors have reported anecdotal evidence of the drug’s effectiveness in their own practices. It is hoped that initial studies will shed light on the drug’s true effectiveness in the coming weeks and months.
The FDA has granted the drug emergency approval to be used on certain hospitalized patients with a COVID19 diagnosis.
“I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow,” Galonski tweeted late Sunday.
“Today’s press conference was the last straw,” Galonski added. “I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”
Most recently the President said of the drug at a weekend press conference, “What do you have to lose? I’m not looking at it one way or another. But we want to get out of this. If it does work, it would be a shame if we didn’t do it early.”
Over the weekend, India put a halt on the export of hydroxychloroquine and manufacturers of the drug are ramping up production for an expected surge in its use, whether it gains approval or not.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), sometimes referred to by its location, The Hague, Netherlands, is the international court that handles cases such as a war crimes and crimes against humanity.
As of today, over 330,000 infections have been reported in the United States along with over 9,000 deaths being attributed to the virus. Worldwide there are over 1.2 million cases and over 70,000 deaths reported.