There has been some level disagreement publicly aired in the US between Trump/Navarro and Fauci on the use of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19.
The president and his allies, however, have continued to champion the decades-old malaria drug as a possible medical remedy for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, while senior health officials have warned repeatedly that the medicine requires further trials.
“The data are really just, at best, suggestive,” Fauci told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “There have been cases that show there may be an effect, and there are others to show there’s no effect. So I think, in terms of science, I don’t think we could definitively say it works.”
Responding to that assessment Monday, Navarro said he would let Fauci “speak for himself,” but added, “I would have two words for you: second opinion.”
Navarro, who is coordinating the administration’s efforts to purchase and distribute emergency supplies under the Defense Production Act, acknowledged that he was “not the arbiter” of the hydroxychloroquine debate. But he also insisted that there were “a lot of doctors out there who are on one side, and there’s a lot of doctors on the other side” of the issue. [...]
“I think history will judge who’s right on this debate,” Navarro said, “but I’d bet on President Trump’s intuition on this one because of all the doctors I’ve talked to and all the scientific papers that I’ve read.”
Has anything comparable happened in some other Western country in the present crisis, i.e. have non-health public officials pushed for medications that the public health officials have disagreed with, or have been very reserved about?
Since I'm bountying this now (which would make it impossible to close for a while except by mod action while the bounty is up), I'll just note here that I'm not asking this to bash Trump, but I'm genuinely interested if this kind of "desperate times call for desperate/emergency measures" has been reflected in approaches to medication (proposals) elsewhere. Because I know that there were (at one point and might even still be, albeit toned down) other disagreements on the approaches to the pandemic e.g. [controversial] plans to use "herd immunity" as a/the answer to the pandemic (particularly in the Netherlands and in the UK).