There’s big breaking news on the hydroxychloroquine front, which I’m sure will please my reader “Reacherfan.” Here’s what he had to say about vaccines, and then I’ll report the results of a promising new study.

From “Reacherfan”:

You are right on about Fauci. I worked with vaccine researchers in a multinational pharmaceutical and biological company, and researchers have profound tunnel vision. Fauci needs to remember that vaccines, especially killed vaccines, only provide immunity in the 70-80 percent range. Live-attenuated usually goes into the 90's, but neither is 100 percent. You end up relying on herd immunity, which needs around 90-94% to actually work. You can have vaccines, but you better have a treatment, too. because not everyone will tolerate the vaccine, not everyone's immune system will build sufficient antibodies, the life of the antibodies will be unknown, and groups of people will refuse the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Fauci is fixated, and that is a VERY bad attitude.

From the Gov:

Vaccines have virtually eliminated certain tragic diseases, but when it comes to flu –- well, notice that people still get it; we still have about 60,000 deaths each year from seasonal flu. (To put this in perspective, that’s about what the revised computer models are predicting for COVID-19 this year.) Every fall, we’re told to be sure to get the flu vaccine to provide protection going into winter, but typically the vaccine will provide only "iffy" protection.

Of course, with flu, that’s largely because they can’t be sure the strain going around will be the strain they planned for. In the case of this coronavirus, we know the strain (unless it mutates, which they seem to think is unlikely), but even then, it’s not necessarily a sure thing. We won’t know until they complete their trials. Dr. Fauci and many in media have been talking as if the vaccine were the Holy Grail –- a 100 percent solution to the problem of COVID-19 when at last it is perfected, sometime within the next 12 to 18 months.

So why is there such resistance, even from the Centers for Disease Control, to a drug that can be used RIGHT NOW as opposed to the promise of a future vaccine? There is now a tremendous amount of “anecdotal” evidence that hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin (or doxycycline for those for whom “zith” is unsafe) is keeping people out of the hospital and helping them recover quickly. On this, we have breaking news that French President Emmanuel Macron has visited the Mediterranean Institute of Infection in Marseille, France, of renowned epidemiologist Professor Didier Raoult, where he received the extremely positive results of a larger follow-up study of 1,061 COVID-19 patients. In 973 patients, healing from the virus took place in 10 days or less; that’s an efficacy rate of 91 percent. No patients had cardiac complications.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Stephen Smith, appearing on Laura Ingraham's Thursday night show, said the head of the CDC, who has been dismissive, is “a Beltway guy” who “hasn’t seen anybody with COVID.” Dr. Smith has treated 115 COVID-19 patients with HCQ/zith and says “this drug works.” He says this is “not a Democrat thing, it’s not a Republican thing.” (If only.) He is convinced it works. They're working now on the optimum dose, he said, because the French have used a much higher dose than American doctors have. American patients have been getting a total dose of 2,400 milligrams, while the French get 6,000 milligrams. “The drug builds up,” he explained, “so it’s the total dose that matters.”

As Dr. Ramin Oskoui, CEO of Foxhall Cardiology, told Ingraham, “I think that any real solution has to be cheap, effective, safe, and scalable. Vaccines are not going to be any of those things.” He pointed out that it would be lucrative for those trying to invent one, but that we’ll be lucky to get it in 18 months. We’ve tried to make vaccines for coronaviruses for years, he said –- I would add that "the common cold" is a coronavirus about 20 percent of the time –- but that the closest we’ve come was a feline vaccine that caused a lethal response. There was never a vaccine developed for SARS or MERS.

There was no vaccine for Sars or Mers. Will there be one this time?

Rather than focusing on a vaccine, he concluded, “we need to think about herd immunity, we need to think about hydroxychloroquine, continue these studies...and I think it’s also important to start this [drug] earlier in therapy,” not when they’re already headed into the ICU. There’s much more of a benefit with mild-to-moderate disease, he said.

I get the impression that in spite of what Dr. Fauci says, there might not ever be a really effective vaccine for COVID-19, meaning that as long as it’s in the population, some will get it. That’s why we need to focus on effective treatments NOW. There's also emerging evidence that hydroxycloroquine might work as a preventative, just as it does with malaria. Someday, if there are more outbreaks, we may all have to take our hydroxychloroquine pills the way we take our daily vitamin, before we go off to work or school or wherever we want to go. Dismissing safe and possibly lifesaving treatments simply because Trump encourages their use is...I’ve said it before...evil.

It’ll be interesting when people start getting tested for immunity, and we can find out 1) how deeply into the population this virus has spread, and 2) how many people can (with some safeguards, just in case) start back to work. We're flying blind right now. The genetic code of this virus was cracked back in January and put online; some other countries have already been doing testing, but the FDA bureaucracy held up approval on a test for the U.S. One was finally approved last Wednesday, but the company making it reportedly has operations in...you guessed it...China. At the risk of sounding like Joe Biden, come on, guys!

Here’s another thought-provoking letter

From Doris:

It has been reported that these so-called "markets," which all [have] the same disgusting uses of animals of all types, are all over China. Yet, all of these epidemics, [such as] SARS and now the coronavirus, are identified with coming from one location –- Wuhan, and none of the others –- and that is where China has a biological warfare lab. It makes me think that the origin of the Corona Virus is NOT from the market but from the lab. Accidental or deliberate? We may never know. However one of the female lab doctors from that lab who wanted to notify the world about this virus has disappeared…

From the Gov:

Thanks, Doris. We’ve been covering this; it is not “conspiracy theory” to look at the evidence and consider the possibility that the first transmission of this virus to a human being happened not in that market but in a lab where they were researching coronaviruses in bats. (In fact, there are two labs in the area that reportedly study coronaviruses). We can’t rule out biowarfare, but there are other, legitimate reasons to be studying these illnesses; the jury is still out. But the ChiComms go to great lengths to keep their secrets, don’t they? I think someday we’ll have a clear idea of how this happened.

What I like is that you bring up something we’re not really hearing about: that this isn’t the first virus to come from THAT AREA though the “wet markets” are an unfortunate cultural phenomenon that occurs in many parts of China. Why does the contagion keep happening there, and not, say, in Beijing? Sharp observation; if you brought that up in China, you’d likely end up in a prison camp.

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  • Caroline Staley

    04/18/2020 12:40 PM

    So thankful for your wisdom and guidance! These are questions I would love to see follow up stories on!

    Remember how the NBA angered China over the Hong Kong protests? I find it odd that the NBA was the first to end their season. How could they know how dangerous crowds of people indoors together for hours would be before the government did?

    Hunter Biden also gave the CO court a bizarre response stating that he couldn’t leave CA until April 1st. What information did his China connections give him?

    Don’t you find it interesting that people with the virus got close to conservative world leaders, US, UK and Brazil? A Chinese spy was caught near Mar Lago before this started too!

    Coincidence or lynch pins because if Trump had been impeached the Covid-19 mess would have been Pence’s inheritance.

    Someone trying to take over the world brought the war to my family. We won’t forget.

    I thank God for god fearing leaders, like you. Our prayers are more powerful than our votes.

    Prayerful and patient in Michigan!

  • Lawrence Waldman

    04/13/2020 03:54 PM

    Dear Governor,

    I really appreciate your informative newsletter!

    Here are two pertinent articles(see below links). One is a warning given in 2015 about "The Coming of COVID", and the other is a Chinese article translated into English regarding the origin of the virus. Perhaps you have seen these articles. If not, you might find them interesting.

    Lawrence Waldman, MD

    THIS REPRESENTS A DISTINCT WARNING IN 2015 THAT A COVID-19 TYPE VIRUS COULD EMERGE AT ANY TIME.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7095988/

    THIS APPEARS TO DETAIL THE ORIGIN OF COVID-19. THE ARTICLE WAS TRANSLATED FROM CHINESE TO ENGLISH. Note the second link is a minor correction to the original article.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7095988/


    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4797993/

  • Nancy S Parcak

    04/12/2020 09:27 PM

    No items relating to the Coronavirus need to be made in or shipped from China. I heard that some of the N95 masks that came from China were "used". Why would we even trust these people in the first place?

  • Mark Seibert

    04/12/2020 03:29 AM

    Hi Mike, GREAT article. I agree with you and I agree with the President that we should be restarting our economy as soon as possible, especially since there is a medication that works against Covid-19 at 91% of the time. For the others that it doesn't work for, there are several other drugs out there that are helping some people, and then there is the idea of using antibodies from those who have already been infected to help cure the sick. There could be three or four layers of cures lined up to stop this. I agree with the President that we line up these cures and put people back to work. No way we are waiting 18 months to restart the economy. That would destroy the the economy. But sometimes I think that's exactly what the Demon-crats want to do. I am 100% behind President Trump moving forward with these cures and opening up society again soon.

  • Peggy Thilburg

    04/11/2020 08:35 PM

    Thank you for this information. I am going to share it for sure. Stay safe and healthy, everyone.

  • Sandra duvall

    04/11/2020 06:10 PM

    I heard Fauci say we may be carrying vaccination cards in the future...is it already too late to stop the govt takeover of our lives like China..is this Chinas test to see how they can scare us into willing submission? It is beginning to scare me especially with Germanys recovery figures so good

  • David

    04/11/2020 04:38 PM

    Isn’t it odd that China shut down flights within China, but not the flights from Wuhan or nearby Shanghai to international destinations?

  • Sandra Wilkins

    04/11/2020 01:22 PM

    Thank you Mr Huckabee for good, trustworthy information.

  • Jan Verhoeff

    04/11/2020 12:42 PM

    It's been said that if the President said "Air is the cure" Democrats would pull a plastic bag over their heads and stop breathing... Isn't this proof of that statement? The president mentioned hydroxychloroquine as a possible cure and Democrat's heads exploded. They're on the tele screaming that he isn't a Doctor, attempting to deny a possible drug cure. Excuse me, but this is exactly the problem. It's time for the Democrats to sit the hell down and shut the hell up.

  • james west

    04/11/2020 10:39 AM

    Have a "Happy Easter", Governor Huckabee. ---- HE, would have liked It that way!
    Jim.

  • Glenn Parker

    04/11/2020 09:55 AM

    Just read your whole Morning Edition, Governor, brilliant stuff. Especially enjoyed your comments about the communist celebs (oooops, did I say communists?.......yep)....anyway......another option for those who swoon over socialism/communism.....they can move to Venezuela.........I'm sure they'd fit right in and enjoy the fruits of socialism there.......and they'd never be missed here. Just my opinion of course......smile.

  • Janet Pingston

    04/10/2020 11:39 PM

    While collecting the data. A very important stat. What is the percentage of survivors had their annual flu shot ? I know it did not cover this Wuhan virus. But was it pertinent to recovering ?

  • Debra Dooley

    04/10/2020 08:41 PM

    My daughter-in-law has been on prescription hydroxychloroquine for a couple years now for lupus/autoimmune disease. She was only able to receive the amount for 14 days instead of for one month. Is this going to be continuing where people who already need it to live are going to be denied the medicine because it "might" work for something else? Who decides who is worthy to receive the medication that is needed?

  • Edwin L Varney

    04/10/2020 08:35 PM

    Mike, glad to see you are actively reporting on this covid disaster.
    I have lots of time at home to study online as well.
    I expect with all the World Contacts that you may have at your fingertips, I want to direct you to a search link for some of the best knowledge learned to date on what is working for those on the frontline to attack this monster disease.
    I know you will find it worthy of discussion with anyone involved in helping fight it..
    This is the search online; evms.critical care covid 19
    There will be a protocol by Dr. Paul Marik and a protocol summary page.
    Enjoy... and stay healthy.

  • JOSEPH G. WHITSON

    04/10/2020 08:32 PM

    THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATE THE WUHAN LAB IN CHINA!! THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK STARTED IN A LAB IN WUHAN, CHINA AND HAS NOW SPREAD TO 184 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. WUHAN IS THE SITE OF,"THE WUHAN INSTITUTE OF VIROLOGY, THE MOST ADVANCED LABORATORY OF IT'S TYPE ON THE CHINESE MAINLAND. WAS THE VIRUS A BIOLOGICAL WEAPON BEING DEVELOPED IN THEIR LAB? WUHAN HAS CHINA'S ONLY BIOSAFETY LEVEL--FOUR SUPER LABORATORY THAT WORKS WITH THE WORLD'S MOST DEADLY PATHOGENS THAT INCLUDES,"THE CORONAVIRUS." THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA HAS DENIED THEIR INVOLVEMENT AND BLAMED IT ON THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS. YOU CONNECT THE DOTS!!

  • Karen Mitchell

    04/10/2020 08:08 PM

    why does President Trump listen to Dr. Fauci and the other lady, them are blowing everything out of proportion and putting fear where it does not belong. They were Clinton pals so why is President Trump even letting them on the task force. I am concerned about the fallout of this task force on Trumps re election, does Fauci even care about the economy, I doubt it.

  • Donna Beggs

    04/10/2020 08:00 PM

    So since everyone is pushing for widespread use of hydroxychloroquine, are they also guaranteeing an ample supply for us who have come to rely on it for 20-30 years? I kind of doubt it since I got a letter from my insurance company that I might need to consider an alternative!

  • Janet Stevens

    04/10/2020 07:41 PM

    I resent them counting all deaths as by coronavirus and do not test and confirm it.

  • Tom Rutledge

    04/10/2020 07:32 PM

    When I attempt to have a discussion with my liberal/left friends they immediately display their Trump Derangement Syndrome, TDS, and claim that I am being racist or picking on China. I don’t understand their refusal to see the obvious; but believe they are simply blinded by TDS. China is not our friend, they are our enemy both militarily and economically and we need to recognize that and take action to bring back all vital manufacturing to the US now. I believe this virus and the economic devastation it is causing was part of a Chinese Master plan. President Trump is right on target in his approach to all of this and instead of trying to “never let a good crisis go to waste” the democrats need to focus on doing what is needed to face this crisis.

  • Firewagon

    04/10/2020 07:30 PM

    Ahh, too soon oldt, undt too late schmarte! Meant to add in my previous comment, Gov: HAPPY EASTER and God's continued blessings on you and yours!

  • Firewagon

    04/10/2020 07:26 PM

    "It's Friday, but Sunday's coming!" Thank God Almighty 'that Sunday' came with His promise of Salvation to eternal life through Faith by Grace!! Thanks for that 'previous' newsletter message. It is my 'new' go-to thought in any time of stress or trouble!

  • Stephen Clayton

    04/10/2020 06:43 PM

    Great article Governor!! Since we have had to endure multiple plagues coming from China over the years, it stands to reason that they are not really our friends and as a matter of fact I believe that they are our very worst enemies on every front: militarily and economically. I have heard reports that infected Chinese were purposely sent to the US and Europe to spread the Wuhan virus. Gratefully, President Trump placed a travel ban on China early in order to prevent our infection from being magnitudes worse. I also agree with you that we need to hold China accountable for the mass murders that they are committing, pull all of our companies from China, deport are Chinese students who are robbing us of our technology, and even stop importing our medical supplies from them. We should also zero out all the money that China has contributed to our national debt, which is probably several $trillion.
    God bless you and keep up the great work you are doing!
    Stephen

  • Reggie turnage

    04/10/2020 05:26 PM

    My wife was tested positive Sunday. I had to test because of her. We both started taking the hydroxycloroquine Tuesday. She has improved an doing well. I tested negative but was still taking it. This stuff works. Shame politics got in it.

  • Diane Rowlands

    04/10/2020 05:19 PM

    That the Chinese are responsible is very scary--especially if they deliberately did this.I wish there was something that the US could do to curtail this.

  • Bill Taylor

    04/10/2020 05:06 PM

    With respect to recommending the use of hydrochloroquine in treating Covid-19, you implied that Dr Fauci dismissed it “....simply because Trump encourages their use...”. What Dr Fauci said was that the supporting evidence was anecdotal and no significant studies had been completed at the time President Trump made the initial recommendation. That may have changed by now. With respect to SARS and MERS, we apparently did not seek a vaccine because the spread was so limited.