May 29, 2020

The Niche

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Rudy Giuliani now plugging unproven stem cells for COVID19: is Trump next?

Things are getting worse with the COVID19 pandemic and in parallel there is increasing hype including from clinics that somehow stem cells or similar products could help with the latest (and most worrisome) development being a bombshell tweet from Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The former mayor of New York and Trump frontman just tweeted this morning about stem cells combating the novel coronavirus (HT to @Bryson_M).

I just posted yesterday about how stem cell clinics and regenerative clinic suppliers are hyping stem cells and other stuff like exosomes for COVID19. In fact, it seems one potential COVID19 patient already got a non-FDA-approved exosome injection.

Update: Rudy Giuliani interviewed Robert Hariri of Celularity. You can see the video above. 

There’s a pretty good chance in the next couple days that Trump will mention stem cells for COVID19 during one of the coronavirus briefings or in a Tweet or will retweet the Rudy Giuliani tweet. Then all stem cell clinic hell could break loose and a lot of people may get hurt.

The only thing perhaps making Trump climbing on board less likely is that the GOP tends to negatively associate “stem cells” with embryonic stem cells and fetal tissue research. You can get a sense of that slant from the responses to Giuliani’s tweet already.

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