Health Ministry calls on collapsed city to use unproven drugs

. Jan 12, 2021
Manaus: Health Ministry calls on collapsed city to use unproven drug Photo: No-Mad/Shutterstock

As Renato Alves reported last week, the Amazonian city of Manaus is once again experiencing a collapse of its healthcare network following a spike in coronavirus infections. The federal government has provided aid to local authorities — but has also put pressure on them to use unproven treatments against Covid-19.

Newspaper Folha de S.Paulo obtained documents sent to city officials deeming the fact that patients are not being treated with hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin — drugs with no proven efficacy against Sars-CoV-2 — as “inadmissible.”

Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello himself asked for permission to visit local health units and encourage patients to take the drugs, according to the newspaper. 

Shadia Fraxe, Manaus’ top health official, said the city would follow scientific evidence and would not distribute the government-touted drugs. Instead, she insisted on the need for vaccination in the city as soon as possible.

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Natália Scalzaretto

Natália Scalzaretto has worked for companies such as Santander Brasil and Reuters, where she covered news ranging from commodities to technology. Before joining The Brazilian Report, she worked as an editor for Trading News, the information division from the TradersClub investor community.

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