Russia using HCQ to treat COVID-19?
Source of HCQ: China
China using HCQ to treat COVID-19?
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MOSCOW TIMES: Russia Approves Unproven Malaria Drug to Treat Coronavirus
Updated: April 17, 2020
The Russian government has authorized hospitals to treat coronavirus patients with the untested malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which studies have linked to potentially deadly side effects.
Thursdayâ€™s decree instructs Russiaâ€™s national medical cardiology research center to distribute 68,600 packs of hydroxychloroquine donated by a Shanghai pharmaceutical company to hospitals across Russia for free.
A BBC Russia report last week said that doctors in Moscow were being required to test hydroxychloroquine on themselves despite the drugâ€™s known side effects and the studyâ€™s stated voluntary nature.
Moscowâ€™s health department issued a tender in early April to buy 2.6 million rubles ($33,200) worth of hydroxychloroquine.