• What a big new study on malaria drugs as Covid-19 treatments tells us - and what it doesn't

    11 days ago - By STAT

    A new study underlines safety concerns about using the malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat Covid-19, and heightens questions about whether or not the drugs are effective at all.
    The study, which was published in The Lancet , cannot answer the question of whether or not hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can help patients fight off Covid-19 or whether the drugs increase or decrease the death rates in those patients. Those answers can only come from large studies in which patients are randomly assigned to either receive the drugs or a placebo. Dozens of such studies are...
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  • U.K. COVID-19 Study Aims to Immunize More Than 10,000 with Experimental Vaccine

    11 days ago - By Time

    British researchers testing an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus are moving into advanced studies and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works.
    Last month, scientists at Oxford University began vaccinating more than 1,000 volunteers in a preliminary study designed to test the shot's safety. Those results aren't in yet but on Friday, the scientists announced they're expanding to 10,260 people across Britain, including older people and children.
    If all goes smoothly, “it's possible as early as the autumn or toward the end of the year, you could...
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  • ‘Could It Work as a Cure? Maybe.' A Herbal Remedy for Coronavirus Is a Hit in Africa, But Experts Have Their Doubts

    ‘Could It Work as a Cure? Maybe.' A Herbal Remedy for Coronavirus Is a Hit in Africa, But Experts Have Their Doubts

    11 days ago - By Time

    On April 20, the president calls a press conference to announce a breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19. It's a new use for an old malaria treatment, he says, one that is seeing miraculous results among the country's most ill patients. It's so safe that even schoolchildren could take it. In fact, he urges them to do so daily, as a preventative. He admits that he, too, is taking the medicine.
    No, this is not the President of the United States touting an unproven remedy for a virus that has infected nearly 5 million people worldwide. It is Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina, who is...
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  • UK's Blair: Patchy data means Africa could use antibody tests to track COVID-19

    11 days ago - By Reuters

    African nations should use antibody tests to find out whether the slower spread and lower mortality rate of the new coronavirus on the continent is due to patchy data or a more resilient population, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Friday.
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