Medical experts question the effectiveness of the anti-malarial drug in combating coronavirus and warn of the potential for harmful side effects.
Biden added: “Look, this is absolutely irresponsible. There’s no serious medical personnel out there saying to use that drug. It’s counterproductive. It’s not going to help.”
Andrés’ nonprofit organization, World Central Kitchen, is at the forefront of combating hunger during the pandemic, providing meals through restaurants to hospitals, children and the hungry. Andrés said the White House should place a food security official at the table with the National Security Council, and he called for more funding for federal programs that provide food for low-income people.
“This is not rocket science. It’s leadership and it’s organization,” Biden said.
He also said he would implement stricter safety regulations on meatpacking plants. “No worker’s life is worth my getting a cheaper hamburger. No worker’s life,” Biden said.
Asked if he would ask Andrés to join his potential administration in a newly created position focused on the food supply, Biden didn’t answer directly.
“I would want his input, I would want his advice and I would want to talk to him about how we increase the notion that in the wealthiest country in the world, no one should be going hungry,” he said.
Biden has frequently faulted Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. Earlier Tuesday at an online fundraiser, Biden pointedly accused Trump of fanning conspiracy theories during the pandemic, saying that “the conspiracy theories across the board are like poison to democracy.”
“People are walking into the state legislative body and in front of her driveway carrying assault rifles, Nazi banners and Confederate flags, and the President is not saying a word,” Biden said.
“It’s sick,” Biden said. “But he is his father’s son.”