This article, title Hydoxychloroquine: A Morality Tale, is sort of long (> 15,000 words), but well worth reading. It is about the drug (HCQ), randomized control trials (RCT), facing a pandemic due to a novel virus, and how they have been so politicized.
Remdesivir has been politicized, too, but not as much. Many people on the political left favor it. Its success in treating Covid is modest. Some had a change of heart when they assumed the FDA was unduly influenced by the Trump administration when the emergency use authorization was broadened for remdesivir. See my September 1 post.
The article gets philosophical: "We live in a culture that has uncritically accepted that every domain of life is political, and that even things we think are not political are so, that all human enterprises are merely power struggles, that even the idea of “truth” is a fantasy, and really a matter of imposing one’s view on others. For a while, some held out hope that science remained an exception to this. That scientists would not bring their personal political biases into their science, and they would not be mobbed if what they said was unwelcome to one faction or another. But the sordid 2020 drama of hydroxychloroquine—which saw scientists routinely attacked for critically evaluating evidence and coming to politically inconvenient conclusions—has, for many, killed those hopes."