Vice President Pence Says He's Not Taking Hydroxychloroquine, but Would

Pence tells Fox News he would take the controversial drug on doctors’ orders

Vice President Mike Pence added his voice to the conversation around hydroxychloroquine Tuesday, one day after President Donald Trump said he was taking the drug. Pence is not taking it, he said, but would if it were recommended by a doctor.

“I’m not but I would never begrudge any American taking the advice of their physician,” he told Fox News’ Kristin Fisher.

He went on,”Hydroxychloroquine is a drug that’s been around for more than 40 years for the treatment of malaria but early in this process, the FDA approved what’s called off-label use that physicians could prescribe hydroxychloroquine and terms that they deemed appropriate and so, my physician has not recommended that but I wouldn’t hesitate to take the counsel of my doctor. Any American should do likewise.”

Fisher’s colleague, Neil Cavuto, responded Monday to Trump’s statement that he’s taking the drug — intended for malaria and lupus treatment — by reminding his viewers it hasn’t been proven to prevent or treat the coronavirus and, in fact, has been shown in at least one study to be linked with death in at-risk populations. Trump railed against Cavuto as a result Monday night, as Fox News opinion host Laura Ingraham cheered the drug.

The vice president told Fisher he’s heard “anecdotal” stories of people — including frontline workers — taking the medication during the coronavirus crisis and finding it “made a real difference.”

Innovative Ways Stars Are Helping Out During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Photos)

  • Celebrities are using their influence and resources to provide assistance to the needed impacted by the coronavirus and the front line health care workers combatting the disease.

    While many stars have donated money or performed in benefit concerts, some have gone the extra mile in terms of hands-on giving or simply spreading goodwill.

    From John Krasinski’s Some Good News broadcast to Bethenny Frankel’s BSTRONG initiative, check out the innovative ways the stars are helping out during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • From action star to anchor! Since late March, John Krasinski has been posting new episodes of his Some Good News show weekly, with guest appearances from his wife Emily Blunt. Krasinski also convinced AT&T to give first responders three-months free cell phone service with a subscription to the carrier’s FirstNet plan.

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been spotted delivering meals to the needy in Los Angeles, their new home after stepping back from royal duties and leaving the U.K.

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  • Director Kevin Smith is bringing his fictional fast-food spot Mooby’s to life, with delivery exclusively through Tock in the greater Los Angeles area through late April.  Order proceeds from the delivery promotion will benefit No Us Without You, the fundraiser to provide food for families of undocumented restaurant workers during the pandemic.

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  • Matthew McConaughey brought some joy to residents of a senior living facility in his native Texas, hosting bingo night virtually and calling out numbers.

    The actor and his wife Camila Alves also raised funds to donate 80,000 masks to workers in Texas, Lousiana, and nationwide.

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  • Eva Longoria, Danny Trejo and other Latinx stars joined forces with the League of United Latin American Citizens for the #ayudaenespanol initiative which has provided resources for the Latino community (in both English and Spanish). Minorities have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and have higher fatality rates.

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  • Halsey worked with Orange International Inc. to source 100,000 FDA-certified masks to donate to local Los Angeles hospitals.

    “If you are on the frontlines, my heart is with you,” the singer wrote on Instagram. “I am eager to redirect you to @givedirectly – A non-profit that allows you a way to give direct cash payments to vulnerable households in at risk communities, most of whom are single mothers.”

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  • “SNL” host Michael Che will pay one month’s rent for all 160 apartments in the New York City Housing Authority building his grandmother lived in. She passed away from coronavirus complications.

    “I know that’s just a drop in the bucket. so I really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST,” the comedian posted to Instagram.

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  • Not only did Kylie Jenner give $1 million towards the purchase of protective equipment to frontline health care workers, she also donated hand sanitizer produced with Coty — a stakeholder in Kylie Cosmetics — to the grateful workers at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center.

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  • “Project Runway” winner and mentor Christian Siriano offered to have his sewing team create face masks for health care workers who are facing supply shortages. 

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  • Bethenny Frankel, who previously led crisis-relief efforts via her BSTRONG organization, raising money and supplies not only for COVID-19 relief but also those displace by tornados during the pandemic.

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  • Andy Serkis, best known as playing Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings” films, decided to read aloud J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” as part of a 12-hour “Hobbithon.” He set a goal of £250,000 for the charity Best Beginnings through his GoFundMe and reached the top trending spot on Twitter. And of course he took the pains to do all the character voices as well.

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From good news broadcasts to meal delivery, these celebrities are giving a little extra

Celebrities are using their influence and resources to provide assistance to the needed impacted by the coronavirus and the front line health care workers combatting the disease.

While many stars have donated money or performed in benefit concerts, some have gone the extra mile in terms of hands-on giving or simply spreading goodwill.

From John Krasinski’s Some Good News broadcast to Bethenny Frankel’s BSTRONG initiative, check out the innovative ways the stars are helping out during the coronavirus pandemic.

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