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Bolsonaro has silently given up on hydroxychloroquine

President Bolsonaro continues to bang the hydroxychloroquine drum, but is no longer putting the government's money where his mouth is

hydroxychloroquine President Jair Bolsonaro (right) next to Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga. Photo: Alan Santos/PR
President Jair Bolsonaro (right) next to Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

In the early days of the pandemic, when the world faced mounting infection and death curves and scrambled for an answer to the coronavirus, a French microbiologist named Didier Raoult gave what seemed to be a glimmer of hope. Mr. Raoult, who had made a name for himself as an innovator, claimed that a cocktail of antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine and antibiotic azithromycin could beat Covid-19.

At one point, 20 percent of all registered drug trials in the world were testing hydroxychloroquine, but scientists soon realized that the Frenchman’s claims were unfounded. It became clear that the drug was unable to...

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