Dr. Stella Immanuel
Stella Gwandiku-Ambe Immanuel (born 1965) is a Cameroonian-American physician, author, and pastor. She emigrated to the United States after completing her medical education in Nigeria, and currently practices at a private clinic in Texas.
In 2020, she received international attention after claiming hydroxychloroquine can cure COVID-19, and that public health measures such as the wearing of face masks and social distancing are unnecessary.Social media platforms removed her videos and posts for promoting misinformation related to the pandemic.
On July 27, 2020, Immanuel appeared in a Tea Party Patriots-backed press event by a group known as "America's Frontline Doctors" in front of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Building. She claimed she had cured COVID-19 in 350 patients at her clinic using a combination of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and zinc (a claim not supported by any strong scientific research; no drug has been approved as a specific cure for COVID-19), and that public health measures such as the wearing of facial coverings and social distancing are unnecessary. Republican Representative Ralph Norman from South Carolina attended the event. The far-right Breitbart News website published the press event's video.
The antimalarial medication hydroxychloroquine had previously had its emergency use authorization for COVID-19 removed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which said it had not been proven to be an effective treatment for the virus.
The video was viewed millions of times and retweeted by Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr., before it was removed from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube because it broke their rules on misinformation. When asked at a press conference on July 28 why he would trust Immanuel considering the context of her claims about alien DNA and its supposed use in medicine, President Trump defended Immanuel, saying "I thought she was very impressive, in the sense that, from where she came—I don't know what country she comes from—but she said she's had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients. I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her." Pressed further, Trump ended the briefing abruptly.