Major Trial Launched to Examine Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine as Prophylactics

A day after US President Donald Trump created a global furor after announcing that he has been consuming the controversial anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a prevention against the coronavirus, Britain launched an worldwide trial to give the drug to frontline health workers in different continents battling the virus.

The study was co-authored by the University, Columbia Veterans Affairs Health Care System in SC and the University of SC and conducted among COVID-19 patients hospitalized in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, which provide comprehensive healthcare services to military veterans.

Her condition worsened and she was rushed to emergency room, where she tested positive for Covid-19.

"How can I be sick? How?"

"Because of the types of drugs we've chosen that should change practice very, very rapidly", said Professor Martin Landray of Oxford University, the deputy chief investigator of the trial, at an online briefing. "They were like, 'Well, nobody's ever said that was the cure or that was going to keep you safe" and it definitely did not".

In CGTN's COVID-19 Frontline series, Chinese experts from First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, who served on the front line in the fight against COVID-19, also said the drug showed less effectiveness.

Without offering any evidence, Mr Trump also told reporters during a visit to the US Capitol that he thinks hydroxychloroquine "gives you an additional level of safety".

"A lot of good things have come out about the hydroxychloroquine".

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"You look at doctors and nurses".

In an interview on Tuesday, Mike Pence told Fox News that he was not taking hydroxychloroquine, saying his doctor had not advised that but that he "wouldn't hesitate" to do so if the advice was altered.

GOP strategist Alex Schriver said, "The president and his team will take every opportunity to make this a forward-looking election, where they can go out and say to all of the country, 'Here's what we are going to do on the other side of this crisis'".

'I have been taking it for about a weekend for about a week and a half, ' he noted. I take it, ' he said.

"You're not safe taking that medication at all". After the two of them tested positive, "I thought, you know, from my standpoint, not a bad time to take it, because we had the combination of those - the two people", he said. "And as World Health Organization, we would advise that, for COVID-19, that these drugs be reserved for use within such trials". Hydroxychloroquine "is not going to prevent anything".

Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, described Trump as being "morbidly obese" when making a point that he should not be taking a drug that "has not been approved by the scientists".

A patient named Kim has been taking the drug for 19 years to treat her lupus.

Kim has since been discharged from hospital after seven nights but is still on oxygen at home.

  • Ismael Montgomery