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Health Minister: chloroquine has no proven efficacy

chloroquine Marcelo Queiroga. Photo: Edilson Rodrigues/SF/ACS/CC BY 4.0
Marcelo Queiroga. Photo: Edilson Rodrigues/SF/ACS/CC BY 4.0

Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga returned to the Senate’s Covid hearings committee today, and declared loud and clear that medicines such as chloroquine and ivermectin “have no proven efficacy” in treating Covid-19.

In his first deposition, Mr. Queiroga avoided taking a stance on the use of these drugs — which are championed by President Jair Bolsonaro and members of his administration as potential cures for Covid-19. Before being appointed to the cabinet, Mr. Queiroga was against the use of these drugs to treat the coronavirus — but went quiet on the issue after joining the government.

Asked to comment on Mr. Bolsonaro’s repeated breaches of Health Ministry recommendations, encouraging public gatherings of his supporters Mr. Queiroga sighed an said he “takes all the steps that are within [his] reach.”

“I do my part,” he said, noting that he is a mere member of the government, not the government itself. In other words, the president is his own boss.