Vladimir (Zev) Zelenko, the Hydroxychloroquine doctor

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Vladimir (Zev) Zelenko (born 1973)[1] is an Ukrainian-American family physician known for promoting a three drug combination of hydroxychloroquine, zinc sulfate and azithromycin as part of an experimental outpatient treatment for COVID-19 that he has promoted as the Zelenko Protocol. He is also known for promoting unfounded medical advice, conspiracy theories, and misinformation about COVID-19 vaccination.[2]

On March 23, 2020, Zelenko published an open letter to U.S. president Donald Trump where he claimed to have successfully treated hundreds of his COVID-19 patients with a 5 day course of his Protocol. Zelenko’s treatment protocol quickly gained notoriety with several media figures and various Trump’s administration officials promoting it, including Rudy Giuliani, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, despite cautionary messages from health experts.[3]
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COVID-19 treatment claims

On March 21, 2020, Zelenko posted a video to YouTube and Facebook addressed to U.S. president Donald Trump, in which he claimed to have successfully tested an experimental treatment for COVID-19 on hundreds of patients with coronavirus-like symptoms.[3] He described the treatment as a three-drug combination consisting of the anti-malarial medication hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin, and zinc sulfate,[6] and posted an open letter to Trump with similar claims two days later.[7] At the time, ongoing research was being conducted by various groups, including the World Health Organization, to determine the efficacy of using hydroxychloroquine and/or azithromycin to treat COVID-19.[8]In March 2020 Alex Kasprak, a science writer for Snopes, noted that since Zelenko did not describe his study design nor publish any data, his claims were unverifiable.[7] In December 2020 Zelenko with co-authors published an article on a retrospective case study of outpatient treatment with zinc, low-dose hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.[9]

The Satmar Hasidic community in Kiryas Joel, New York in Monroe, New York, where Zelenko was a long-time community physician, issued a disclaimer to Zelenko’s claims about the potential infection rate in their community as was reported in Jewish media sources, which announced that “Jewish MD who promoted virus cocktail is leaving [the] community where he tested it: Dr. Vladimir ‘Zev’ Zelenko, an Orthodox doctor credited with bringing controversial malaria drug to Trump’s attention, accused of spreading disinformation about infection rates.”[10][11][12]

In December 2020, Twitter suspended Zelenko’s account for violating rules against “platform manipulation and spam”. The ban was criticized by U.S. senator Ron Johnson and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a conservative nonprofit group.[13]

Zelenko’s FDA approval claim

In April 2020, Zelenko presented a lecture over Zoom to a group of physicians, in which he alleged that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had granted approval to a clinical trial he was helping organize.[14] The lecture was attended by conservative commentator Jerome Corsi, who had been collaborating with Zelenko on a telemedicine website. Corsi inadvertently sent an email mentioning that Zelenko had “an FDA approved randomized test of HCQ underway” to federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky, instead of Zelenko.[15] Zelinsky, who worked on former special counsel Robert Mueller‘s team, had previously questioned Corsi during the investigation of Roger Stone.[16]

According to Corsi, Zelinsky responded to his email and asked whether he had an attorney, and subsequently informed Corsi’s attorney that he had discovered that Zelenko’s study was not listed on a government website of FDA-approved clinical trials.[17] Zelinsky requested all communications between Corsi and Zelenko, including text messages, podcast documents, and marketing materials for their website, which Corsi supplied.[18] Zelenko denied any wrongdoing and said that he thought that his study had FDA approval because he had spoken with FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn.[14]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Zelenko

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Politifact

Bloggers stated on September 26, 2021 in a website: “Millions have died from COVID injections.”

Report shares wildly unfounded claims on COVID-19 vaccine

If Your Time is short

  • Claims that millions of people have died from the COVID-19 vaccine are unfounded. The claim is based on a misreading of sources that include the U.S. government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and Europe’s EudraVigilance databases
  • Both systems are federal databases in which any potential adverse health effects from vaccines and medicines are reported.
  • Both systems warn that reports do not prove on their own that a vaccine caused an adverse health event, and should not be used as a primary source. 

See the sources for this fact-check

A 52-page report from a pair of anti-vaccine advocates claims to present the truth about COVID-19 vaccines. However, it does just the opposite.

The website Stop World Control published the so-called Vaccine Death Report in September 2021, and it was shared across Facebook, including in this Sept. 26 post. It is written by David Sorenson and Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a New York doctor who made headlines for prescribing hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 even though health authorities cautioned against it.

The report claims that “millions have died from COVID injections” around the world, and includes narratives from the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and Brazil to back up this claim.

On top of that, it claims that half a million people within the United States have suffered severe side effects such as strokes, heart failure, brain disorders, convulsions and more.

“The data shows that we are currently witnessing the greatest organized mass murder in the history of our world,” the report states. 

The alarming findings cite databases like the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and others. But the report misinterpreted the data to draw unfounded conclusions about the vaccines.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, also called VAERS, is an official public government database where anyone can submit any potential adverse health effect following a vaccine. However, the reports are not verified, and the system itself warns that reports can contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental or unverifiable. When used improperly, VAERS can be a source for misinformation.

Reports of death after COVID-19 vaccination are rare. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not verified any deaths as a result of the vaccines approved in the United States. Researchers are still evaluating whether there is a connection between the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and rare types of blood clots, but such cases are few. 
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The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, also called VAERS, is an official public government database where anyone can submit any potential adverse health effect following a vaccine. However, the reports are not verified, and the system itself warns that reports can contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental or unverifiable. When used improperly, VAERS can be a source for misinformation.

Reports of death after COVID-19 vaccination are rare. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not verified any deaths as a result of the vaccines approved in the United States. Researchers are still evaluating whether there is a connection between the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and rare types of blood clots, but such cases are few. 

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/oct/01/blog-posting/report-shares-wildly-unfounded-claims-covid-19-vac/

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Poynter

Fact-checked by: Estadão Verifica

2021/06/02 | Brazil

Misleading: Doctor Vladimir Zelenko named for Nobel Prize.

Explanation: The Nobel foundation keeps the nominee’s list in secret, which is why this information can’t be confirmed. Also, every name suggested by eligible people are accepted.

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Hasidic doctor spouts conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine sentiment in video

Molly Boigon
January 11, 2021

The Hasidic doctor behind an unsubstantiated treatment for coronavirus espoused anti-vaccine and conspiracist views in a video circulating on WhatsApp among Haredi, or Ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, the man behind a treatment regimen involving the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine adopted by President Donald Trump, said in an undated interview with an Israeli rabbinical leader that people like George Soros and Bill Gates are involved in a “war against God” designed to “maintain global fear” as a part of an effort to “reorganize the social structure and fabric of the world.”

“There are properties in this vaccine which may inhibit fertility for young girls,” Zelenko said, without evidence, to Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak. “Also, there’s small particles called nanoparticles in this vaccine that may have the ability to track someone. In other words, with the increasing satellite networks, it may be very possible to have a GPS inside of every person.”

There is no evidence to suggest that vaccine manufacturers will attempt to track patients’ locations, and the coronavirus vaccine does not cause infertility.

https://forward.com/fast-forward/461865/zelenko-spouts-conspiracy-theories-anti-vaxx-sentiment-in-viral-video/

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The Times of Israel

Jewish MD who promoted virus cocktail is leaving community where he tested it

Dr. Vladimir ‘Zev’ Zelenko, an Orthodox doctor credited with bringing controversial malaria drug to Trump’s attention, accused of spreading disinformation about infection rates

By Shira Hanau 21 May 2020, 6:20 am

JTA — His rise was meteoric and his fall just as sudden.

Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko, an Orthodox Jewish doctor who rose to fame in March while promoting a cocktail of drugs he claimed had successfully treated coronavirus – including one that US President Donald Trump said Monday he is taking himself, despite the drug’s potentially dangerous side effects – has announced that he is leaving the Jewish community where he has practiced medicine for decades.

In a video shared by the Orthodox news site Yeshiva World News, Zelenko announced he would leave Kiryas Joel, the town north of New York City where, until the coronavirus pandemic, he was known as a beloved community doctor.
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The announcement comes after Zelenko was accused by community leaders of spreading disinformation about the rate of coronavirus infection in Kiryas Joel, leading to discrimination against residents of the village. Zelenko is also being investigated by a federal prosecutor over his claim that a study of the drugs he promoted had won approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Leaders of the Kiryas Joel community spoke out publicly against Zelenko in an open letter in March.

“We the undersigned institutions strongly believe that the predictions presented by Dr. Zelenko have been proven false and are not supported by the overall medical establishment, specifically in his wild conclusions as to the spread of the virus in our community,” the village’s office of emergency management, a partnership of several community organizations and government agencies formed to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, wrote in an open letter.

The letter was written to contradict Zelenko’s claims, which he promoted in videos posted to YouTube, that 90% of the Kiryas Joel community would be infected with COVID-19.

“These measures have, thanks to the Almighty, resulted in a rate of 90% of the community being healthy, the opposite of Dr Zelenko’s outrageous prediction of a 90% infection rate,” they wrote, referring to the closure of the community’s synagogues, schools, and other buildings.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-md-who-promoted-virus-cocktail-leaving-community-where-he-tested-it/

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Alex MRadio-Canada

Ap1tSprilh 01,mn 20o620ged  · March 31 Update: Dr. Vladimir Zelenko provides important update on three drug regimen of Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, Zinc and Azithromycin (Z-Pak) he used to effectively treat 699 coronavirus patients with 100% successLast Wednesday, we published the success story from Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family practitioner in New York, after he successfully treated 350 coronavirus patients with 100 percent success using a cocktail of drugs: hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin (Z-Pak), an antibiotic to treat secondary infections, and zinc sulfate. Dr. Zelenko said he saw the symptom of shortness of breath resolved within four to six hours after treatment.Now, Dr. Zelenko provides updates on the treatment after he successfully treated 699 COVID-19 patients in New York. In an exclusive interview with former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Vladmir Zelenko shares the results of his latest study, which showed that out of his 699 patients treated, zero patients died, zero patients intubated, and four hospitalizations.Dr. Zelenko said the whole treatment costs only $20 over a period of 5 days with 100% success.

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