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WHO will decide on its hydroxychloroquine trial suspension in 24 hours

  • Published at 09:05 am June 2nd, 2020
File photo: The drug hydroxychloroquine, pushed by US President Donald Trump and others in recent months as a possible treatment to people infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), is displayed by a pharmacist at the Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, US, May 27, 2020 Reuters

Sanofi has stopped hydroxychloroquine supply until safety concerns are cleared up

The World Health Organization (WHO) should have enough information in 24 hours to decide whether to continue suspending its trial of hydroxychloroquine for use against coronavirus, its chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Monday.

Her comments come a week after the UN body paused its large study of the anti-malarial drug to treat Covid-19 due to concerns it increased death rates and irregular heartbeats in patients.

The move prompted several European governments to ban the use of the drug, also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and promoted by US President Donald Trump to help combat the disease.

Sanofi on Friday temporarily stopped recruiting new Covid-19 patients for its two clinical trials of the drug and said it would no longer supply it to treat Covid-19 until safety concerns are cleared up.