Brazil has recommended the UNPROVEN drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, defying FDA guidelines.
According to CNN, the decision was made within hours of the FDA's announcement that the clinical benefits of hydroxychloroquine could not be proven. Mayra Pinheiro, a Health Ministry official, dismissed the FDA's research." The quality of their methodology is terrible," she said.
Former President Donald Trump claimed repeatedly that hydroxychloroquine could be used to treat COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) halted its clinical trials as it became clear that the drug offered no additional benefits to hospitalized patients. The FDA reached similar conclusions.
The World Health Organization is still reviewing the use of hydroxychloroquine in its Solidarity Trial, a study of COVID-19 treatment options. However, a trial in the UK called the Recovery Trial, recently announced plans to stop using hydroxychloroquine in its study due to there being "no evidence of benefit."
Brazil has had the second-highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world. The Brazillian leader President Jair Bolsonaro has been sceptical of lockdown measures and has frequently downplayed the severity of COVID-19.
WHO and other public health bodies have confirmed that the best way to stop and prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through social distancing measures and the vaccination program, which has seen a 75 percent reduction in hospital admissions in the U.K alone.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.