Andrew Noymer, a professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, described the results of the French study as “meaningless”. “They should have done an RCT,” he said. “This idea that we’re all manning the lifeboats and there’s no time for that is just absurd,” Noymer added. “They could have already done it. They could have had the answer by now. … Noymer, the UC Irvine epidemiologist said that the influence that a president can have over a population’s attitude toward a medicine or drug is significant.