The US has sent Brazil 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine — an anti-malarial drug that US President Donald Trump touts as a remedy for coronavirus, the two countries said in a joint statement.
“Today, to show solidarity, we announce that the US authorities have delivered 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to the Brazilian people,” the statement said.
The United States also confirmed its intention soon to send 1 thousand artificial ventilation devices to Brazil.
“Hydroxychloroquine will be used as a preventative agent to help protect nurses, doctors, and health workers in Brazil from the virus. It will also be used as a healing remedy for the treatment of infected Brazilians,” – said in a statement.
Also, the United States and Brazil will conduct joint research on scientific methods to assess the safety and effectiveness of this tool.
Trump previously said that he takes hydroxychloroquine on the advice of his doctor, for which he was criticized.
A study by the US Department of Veterans Affairs previously found that more people who took the drug died than those who did not make it. Trump actively disputes this, saying that the hidden enemies of his administration conducted the study.
Two more studies on a sample of 1,400 patients did not find any benefit of the drug against coronavirus.