Guo Wengui, a wealthy businessman who fled China in 2014 and is linked to several prominent far-right figures in the United States, uses his online network to promote unproven drugs to treat COVID- 19. while spreading misinformation about vaccines. Sickness.
Recently, during a live broadcast on September 5, Guo used his show on the online platform GTV to advance ivermectin, which is used to treat parasitic infections, and artemisinin, a drug against malaria, as a means of combating the coronavirus. is used as.
Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the World Health Organization have approved a drug to treat Kovid. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned against using ivermectin to treat and prevent COVID infection.
Guo compared the vaccination of children on Thursday to murder. In a post translated to the social media platform Getr on September 2, he said, “Please don’t take your kids to get the shot now. It’s not such an easy shot, but it equates to murder. “People who have been vaccinated could face serious unintended consequences. “
The CDC recommends that people 12 and older receive a COVID vaccine, which has been shown to be very effective in reducing the risk of hospitalization and the spread of disease. Authorities are expected to approve the use of the vaccine for young children later this year.
GTV, which regularly features Guo himself, has been described by researchers at Graphica as part of the businessman’s largest media empire and disinformation network.
Guo is part of a predominantly conservative voice group pushing for ivermectin and other unauthorized COVID treatments as President Joe Biden’s administration and state governments scramble to persuade more Americans to do so. vaccinate. Sixty-two percent of people 12 and older in the United States are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.
NBC News reported that pro-Trump telemedicine websites and right-wing organizations have been among the biggest supporters of disinformation about unproven coronavirus treatments.
Guo has been close to Steve Bannon, the former chief White House strategist Trump, for years. A Guo-affiliated foundation recently hosted an event that included comments from Bannon and others associated with former President Donald Trump, including lawyer and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the former national security adviser. Michael Flynn and the CEO of MyPillow. And conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell was involved.
Guo fled China in 2014 for fear of corruption allegations. Arrest warrants were issued for his arrest after Guo criticized the Chinese leadership, allegedly for corruption and bribery. Guo has denied the allegations. He has since been sued by GTV investors. His lawyers called the complainants’ allegations “baseless”.
“Remember that artemisinin, ivermectin, dexamethasone, oxytetracycline, hydroxychloroquine, and zinc are essential drugs for fighting CCP. [Chinese Communist Party] Virus. Some of these drugs will kill the virus, ”Guo said on his Sept. 5 episode on GTV, according to an official translation of the show found on the affiliate website GeneNews. A vaccine, but not the second or the third shot, ”he said.
This GTV stream has been viewed over 7 million times. GTV did not respond to a request for comment after CNBC sent a note to the company through its comment portal.
Despite warnings from health officials, those who oppose COVID vaccines have turned to ivermectin, which is often used as a deworming drug for horses, although it is used to treat parasitic infections in humans. can also be made for
Heavily popular podcast host Joe Rogan, who has been accused by federal health officials of advancing vaccine misinformation, announced last week that he had fallen with the virus and was looking for more articles to treat his illness. I was also using ivermectin.
“The FDA has not licensed or approved ivermectin for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin has not been shown to be safe or effective for these indications, ”the FDA said in a recent statement. “There is a lot of misinformation around, and you may have heard that it is normal to take high doses of ivermectin. It’s not okay.”
Beyond Guo and Rogan, others have pushed ivermectin in COVID patients. Conservative radio host Dennis Prager said on his podcast in late July that he was using ivermectin as a prophylaxis and, when the FDA spoke out against the use of ivermectin to treat COVID, the agency ” with this statement “killed thousands of Americans”. ”
Praeger told his audience, “I told you very strictly. Either the FDA is misleading you or I am misleading you.
The progressive media watchdog, Media Matters, said other conservative figures at Fox News have encouraged the use of ivermectin.
Guo has also focused on artemisinin in his recent episodes.
The translation of Guo’s August 30 live broadcast has a headline that reads, “Artemisinin is an antidote to the CCP virus,” said Mr. Miles Guo. Miles Goo is one of Goo’s last names, as is Miles Kwok. The translation, located on the GNews website, shows an image of an artemisinin capsule container that reads: “COVID-19 Here Comes the Cure – Artemisinin”.
The official translation says, “Mr. Miles Guo confirms that artemisinin, discovered and extracted by Nobel Prize winner Tu Yuu, is over 99% effective in curing the CCP virus. He reiterated that all chapters contain ivermectin, azithromycin and oxytetracycline. The August 30 livestream had 6 million views.
The World Health Organization has said that artemisinin, an antimalarial drug derived from the Artemisia plant, will be tested on hospitalized Covid patients. The BBC reported that the WHO said there was no evidence yet for the effectiveness of mugwort-derived products in the treatment of Kovid-19.
Guo’s campaign to advance ivermectin and artemisinin amounts to the latest example of his disinformation strategy, according to a new study from Graphica.
“In promoting artemisinin, Guo and his media network are relying on Graphica and the Virality Project to study the amplification of other unproven COVID-19 treatments,” the researchers said in a blog post. “These include ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, both of which are promoted by Goo’s network with artemisinins. “
A translation of Guo’s post on Getr, moderated by Trump adviser Jason Miller, shows that the Chinese businessman has also used this medium to advance similar concepts on unproven COVID treatments. Miller said Getr is funded by a foundation associated with Goo.
In a September 4 Getr video post, Guo repeatedly touts artemisinin and ivermectin as COVID treatments.
“Artemisinin is the best, and it definitely works for people who were vaccinated with the first shot,” a translation of her post said. “Ivermectin is almost 100% effective so far. All of the patients who use it have been cured, ”Guo said later in the post. He made similar statements during a September 2 video post on Getr.
When it comes to the odds of getting a vaccine, data reported by The New York Times puts the odds at 1 in 5,000 per day. It is based on information from one county in Utah, Virginia, and Washington state. For areas with high vaccination rates, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Times data puts the likelihood at 1 in 10,000.