WHO to temporarily stop study of malaria drug
AP, , Monday 25 May 2020


The World Health Organization said that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine _ the malaria drug US President Donald Trump said he is taking _ from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date.

In a news briefing on Monday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet, that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems than those that were not, there would be ``a temporary pause'' on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial.

``This concern relates to the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in COVID-19,'' Tedros said, adding that the drugs are accepted treatments for people with malaria or auto-immune diseases.

Other treatments in the study, including the experimental drug remdesivir and an HIV combination therapy, are still being pursued.

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