The US has delivered two million doses of the antimalarial medication hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to Brazil to battle COVID-19, the White Home stated Sunday, although the drug has not been confirmed efficient towards the coronavirus.
“HCQ will likely be used as a prophylactic to assist defend Brazil’s nurses, docs, and healthcare professionals towards the virus. It would even be used as a therapeutic to deal with Brazilians who turn into contaminated,” a press release 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 instances.
“We’re additionally saying a joint United States-Brazilian analysis effort that can embody randomized managed scientific 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’s at present no proof from a randomized managed trial (RCT) — thought-about the gold customary of scientific investigation — for HCQ’s use both to deal with or stop COVID-19.
There are additionally fears that it could the truth is worsen coronavirus affected person’s outcomes.
A paper revealed 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 might need elevated the chance of irregular coronary heart rhythms and demise.
The examine 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 Meals and Drug Administration has requested docs to not prescribe it extensively or exterior of a number of scientific trials which can be 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 want to broaden its use.
Regardless of shedding practically 30,000 folks to the virus, Bolsonaro has railed towards the “tyranny” of lockdowns and known 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 Well being Group stated final week it was quickly halting testing of the HCQ for COVID-19 over rising security considerations, together with these raised in The Lancet paper.
(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)