Oracle Providing White House With Software to Study Unproven Coronavirus Drugs

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Dr. Agus has boasted to senior administration officials that he has talked about the benefits of the drugs with Mr. Trump, who has publicly counseled that medical efforts not be wedded to traditional drug trials. That has alarmed senior health officials, who see the Oracle project as a way around the rigor and consensus of the government's drug safety oversight.

On Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Fauci met with Drs. Deborah L. Birx, the White House's coronavirus coordinator, Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stephen M. Hahn, the F.D.A. commissioner, to go over their concerns with the Oracle project and review new Chinese data that indicated the drugs have no meaningful effect.

One person familiar with the Oracle discussions said the project would be driven by science and data, not political calculations. Another person familiar with the…
Noah Weiland, Maggie Haberman
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