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Anti-malarial Drug Chloroquine Phosphate reportedly Cures Coronavirus

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An anti-malarial drug widely used in Africa in the 1980s and 1990s, Chloroquine phosphate, has been found to be effective on coronavirus patients, according to China’s Ministry of Science and Technology. It was reported that the use of Chloroquine phosphate was banned in Nigeria in 2006.

 

Chloroquine phosphate has been “unanimously” approved by experts in China to be used in the fight against the deadly Covid-19 virus, the state-run China Global Television Network reports. The drug proved effective at treating and also preventing malaria for decades before malarial parasites developed resistance to it.

 

Xinhua, the state-run news agency, also reports that chloroquine has been used in clinical trials in more than 10 hospitals in China’s capital, Beijing, and two other provinces and “has shown fairly good efficacy”.

 

According to Sun Yanrong, deputy director of the biological centre under China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MST), the clinical evidence from over 10 hospitals in Beijing, Guangzhou and Hunan Province shows the cure rate of patients who are negative in nucleic acid tests after treatment with the antimalarial drug is higher than in the controlled group.

 

“Over 100 patients have shown no signs of side effects,” she added.

 

Experts from the MST, the National Health Commission (NHS) and the State Food and Drug Administration unanimously agreed that chloroquine phosphate is a safe drug and called for its inclusion in the new edition of clinical guidelines for doctors fighting against the novel coronavirus.

 

The Nation



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