The United States has delivered two million doses of the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to Brazil to combat COVID-19, the White House stated Sunday, although the drug has not been confirmed efficient in opposition to the coronavirus.
“HCQ will be used as a prophylactic to help defend Brazil’s nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals against the virus. It will also be used as a therapeutic to treat Brazilians who become infected,” an announcement stated.
It stated the US would quickly additionally ship 1,000 ventilators to Brazil, the epicenter of South America’s outbreak with practically 500,000 confirmed circumstances.
“We are also announcing a joint United States-Brazilian research effort that will include randomized controlled clinical trials,” it added.
President Donald Trump is an outspoken fan of HCQ, which has been used to deal with malaria for many years in addition to the autoimmune problems lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
He has beforehand stated he takes it himself within the hope of avoiding an infection with the virus.
There is at present no proof from a randomized managed trial (RCT) — thought-about the gold commonplace of scientific investigation — for HCQ’s use both to deal with or stop COVID-19.
There are additionally fears that it could in reality worsen coronavirus affected person’s outcomes.
A paper printed in The Lancet final week concluded that treating individuals who have Covid-19 with hydroxychloroquine and a associated compound chloroquine didn’t assist them and may need elevated the chance of irregular coronary heart rhythms and loss of life.
The research was not an RCT, and greater than 100 clinicians and scientists have since questioned the authenticity of a hospital database it relied on to achieve its conclusions.
HCQ has been granted an emergency use authorization for COVID-19 within the US for sufferers beneath shut coronary heart monitoring.
The Food and Drug Administration has requested docs to not prescribe it extensively or exterior of a number of scientific trials which are underway.
Like Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is an advocate of HCQ and has sacked two well being ministers who clashed with him over his need to increase its use.
Despite dropping practically 30,000 folks to the virus, Bolsonaro has railed in opposition to the “tyranny” of lockdowns and referred to as for the nation’s soccer season to renew.
The US has misplaced greater than 106,000 folks to the virus, by far the nation with the very best variety of deaths.
The World Health Organization stated final week it was briefly halting testing of the HCQ for COVID-19 over rising security issues, together with these raised in The Lancet paper.
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