Chloroquine, a cheap drug used in Africa for decades to cure malaria may treat COVID-19, even as Bayer set to donate potential coronavirus drug to U.S.

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Chloroquine, a cheap drug used in Africa for decades to cure malaria may be able treat COVID-19, a study published in Nature has found.

The study found that “remdesivir and chloroquine are highly effective in the control of 2019-nCoV infection in vitro.”

“Chloroquine shouldn’t be left out of the discussion of candidate COVID-19 therapies and may actually be leading the pack,” Raymond James wrote in a research note earlier this month, reported Axios.

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“Early evidence suggests that chloroquine — an inexpensive anti-malarial drug — may work just as well, if not even better, than remdesivir, a drug owned by Gilead, which is undergoing clinical trials for treatment of the coronavirus,” Axios said.

In a scoop on Wednesday, Axios quoted a senior Health and Human Services official and another source as confirming that Pharma company Bayer will soon make a large donation to the U.S. government of a drug that has shown some promise in helping patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.

The report acknowledged that the world was still a very long way from having an approved, clinically tested treatment for the coronavirus, adding that it did not hurt to have a potential treatment on hand.

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Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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