"Really Want to Flood NY and NJ": Internal Documents Reveal Team Trump's Chloroquine Master Plan - 2020-04-23
The emails indicate that the administration's top health officials were closely involved in a frenzied effort to make unproven chloroquine treatments widely available, even though the FDA's new emergency rule limited distribution of the drug as a COVID-19 treatment to hospitalized patients. One hour after the first email, Gaynor replied to Kadlec, Giroir, and Polowczyk, seeming to suggest that FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn was on board with expanding COVID-19 patients' access to the drug: "Hahn asked to distribute to hospitals and the drug stores."
In a second email that appears to have been sent the same night, Gaynor indicated that he was working closely with Rear Admiral Polowczyk: "Me and Adm P are on it. More to follow in the am."
A FEMA spokesperson did not answer questions about the involvement of Pete Gaynor or other officials in the chloroquine plan but said, "FEMA does not maintain stocks of medicine." In response to a request for comment, an FDA spokesman responded: "Given increased demand, Dr. Hahn considered whether the donated drugs could be distributed in the commercial market to ensure a stable supply for malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis patients."