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Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill last Friday. Photo: Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told Fox News Wednesday that he plans to take hydroxychloroquine as part of his treatment for COVID-19.

Why it matters: Per Anthony Fauci, all of the randomized, controlled clinical trials for the anti-malarial have consistently shown that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective in the treatment of coronavirus.

What he's saying: "My doctor and I are all in," Gohmert said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.

  • "I got a text before I came on from a friend doctor who just found out he had it, and he started the regimen too — zinc and hydroxychloroquine. And that will start in a day or two, so thank you," he said after Hannity asked him if he would take hydroxychloroquine.

Of note: Gohmert suggested, without evidence, in a video about his coronavirus diagnosis earlier Wednesday that wearing a mask may have contributed to him testing positive. He has rarely been seen wearing a mask in Congress.

  • Following Gohmert's diagnosis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats Wednesday evening she would require masks to be worn on the floor of the House.

Go deeper: Hydroxychloroquine failed to prevent coronavirus infections

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Medical ethics in pandemic times

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The COVID-19 pandemic is rife with scientific and medical uncertainty, including debates about the ethics of using experimental treatments.

The big picture: As the global pandemic continues, the tension between providing the best available care for patients and performing trials to determine whether that care is effective risks complicating the medical response.

Oct 9, 2020 - Health

Fauci: We had a superspreader event at the White House

Photo: Aeme Jennings/AFP via Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CBS News Radio on Friday that the "data speak for themselves," there was "a superspreader event at the White House."

Driving the news: Several people who attended the White House's Rose Garden celebration for the introduction of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett have tested positive for the coronavirus, including President Trump. Photos and video from the event show that few in attendance wore masks.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

Photo: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.