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Approval of malaria drugs as Covid-19 treatment revoked in the US

The Unites States Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) has announced that they will revoke the emergency authorization for the usage of two malaria drugs as treatment for Covid-19. In the statement the F.D.A. states that the drugs are "unlikely to produce an antiviral effect".

Brazil to receive 2m Hydroxychloroquine doses from U.S.

According to a statement by the White House, the U.S. has sent two million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil. Both Brazil and the U.S. are testing whether the drug is safe and effective for Covid-19 treatment.

Science • Medicine
France stops the use of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 treatment

France has revoked a decree that authorised the usage of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 treatments. The move comes after the World Health Organization suspended a global drug trial due to safety concerns. Furthermore, a study by the British medical journal The Lancet found the drug to increase mortality rates and frequency of irregular heartbeats in patients.

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Nancy Pelosi calls Trump "morbidly obese", urges him to not take hydroxychloroquine
Still of Nancy Pelosi
Still of Nancy Pelosi Credit: Office of Nancy Pelosi / Public domain

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker House of Representatives, has said it was "not a good idea" for Trump to be taking the drug hydroxychloroquine. The drug has shown side effects in patients with heart problems and other health issues. Nancy Pelosi further stated: "As far as the President is concerned, he's our President and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group -- morbidly obese, they say. So, I think it's not a good idea".

Trump previously stated he has been taking the drug, which has been used for preventing or treating malaria, as a "preventive measure".

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Trump states he's taking the controversial drug Hydroxychloroquine

On Monday, Trump stated that he has been taking Hydroxychloroquine as a "preventive measure". The drug, which has been used for preventing or treating malaria, has not shown compelling evidence to suggest it's an effective preventive medication in regards to Covid-19. Many health experts, including Dr Rick Bright who recently was fired by the Trump administration, have been warning of the drug's potential health hazards and have now again raised concerns about the president's handling of the drug.

Trump said he's taking the drug because "I think I hear very good things,” and that he gets "a lot of tremendously positive news on the hydroxy".