Despite no proof, Bolsonaro orders production of “possible cure” chloroquine

. Mar 21, 2020
Bolsonaro orders chloroquine production, a highly uncertain medicine

President Jair Bolsonaro said he is optimistic about the possibility of chloroquine being used as a drug against Covid-19. In a video published on social media, he said the Army will ramp up chloroquine production—citing it as a “possible cure” for infected patients.

As has happened many times before, Mr. Bolsonaro’s actions about Covid-19 have been based on what U.S. President Donald Trump is doing. Chloroquine—one of the best-known drugs against malaria or lupus and which has been around for decades—has been praised by Mr. Trump as an effective medicine against the novel coronavirus.

However, the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has made it clear that no chloroquine-based drug (or any other drug, for that matter) has been approved to treat, cure, or prevent Covid-19. Early tests in France have suggested there may be some potential of using the medicine in treatment, but trials are in early stages.

According to Bloomberg, Nigeria has reported two cases of chloroquine poisoning after Mr. Trump praised the drug.

Gustavo Ribeiro

An award-winning journalist, Gustavo has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics and international affairs. He has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets and founded The Brazilian Report in 2017. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.

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