June 1 (UPI) – The White House announced it would send Brazil 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine in its fight against the corona virus.
A thousand ventilators will also be sent to Brazil, he said.
The two countries also announced joint research efforts on randomized controlled clinical trials to “help further evaluate the safety and efficacy of HCQ for prophylaxis and early treatment of coronavirus.”
“Going forward, the United States and Brazil will continue to coordinate closely in the joint struggle against the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing regional response to safeguarding public health, further limiting the spread of the corona virus, advancing the initial development of vaccines and saving lives,” the statement said.
This drug has been in the spotlight since Trump and others have praised lupus and malaria as a potential treatment for COVID-19. In mid-May, Trump revealed that he had taken medicine to ward off the corona virus attack, even though it was an unproven remedy for this disease.
“I’ve been taking it for a week and a half now, and I’m still here,” he said the reporter said May 18 in Washington, D.C. “I am still here.”
However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, said last week that it is not an effective treatment for viruses.
“Scientific data are now really very clear about the lack of efficacy,” Fauci said.
Meanwhile, a new study published last month in The Lancet has shown that this drug does not offer clinical benefits to people with COVID-19 while it may cause serious heart-related side effects.
Since the virus appeared in early December in downtown Wuhan in China late last year, more than 6 million people worldwide have been infected, resulting in more than 370,000 deaths, according to direct tracker virus by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States leads the world in cases with around 1.8 million infections followed by Brazil, which has recorded more than half a million.
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