WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment over safety concerns

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WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment over safety concerns

Monday, May 25, 2020

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GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization said Monday that it had "temporarily" suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure.

The decision came after the publication last week of a study in the Lancet indicating that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their likelihood of dying, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference, adding that the WHO-backed trials had been "suspended while the safety is reviewed".


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