Coronavirus

True to form, Bolsonaro backs chloroquine despite lack of scientific evidence

President Jair Bolsonaro has lauded hydroxychloroquine as a "potential cure" for Covid-19, adding to a list of his platforms that disregard science

True to form, Bolsonaro backs chloroquine despite lack of scientific evidence
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Addressing the nation on Wednesday evening, President Jair Bolsonaro once again touted the potential of anti-malaria drug chloroquine as a potential cure for Covid-19. Referencing a conversation he had with cardiologist Roberto Kalil who took the medication after contracting the coronavirus, the president said this decision “could go down in history as having saved thousands of lives in Brazil.”

The problem, however, is that there is not enough robust scientific evidence to prove hydroxychloroquine is effective against Covid-19. Dr. Kalil’s physician later told the press that he prescribed a number of other medications to his patient, including painkiller...

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