The United States Food and Drug Administration approved the use of anti-malaria drugs to treat coronavirus patients. Although the approval came through four weeks ago, there is still a lot of confusion and criticism around it.
After the emergency approval, millions of doses of the drugs were distributed. Even the President promoted them as a great drug to treat the coronavirus.
There has been a global interest in hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for the treatment of coronavirus. The studies, however, have not shown any good results or progress with the usage of the two drugs. Sweden has already stopped its hospitals from using the drugs to treat COVID-19.
There is still no scientific research that shows the two anti-Malaria drugs are useful against coronavirus treatment. It’s also not known whether the drug is helpful at a certain point during the treatment or not.
The pandemic is still far from over, and there hasn’t been much progress on a corona vaccine. This is why there is an urgency to use various drugs to see which might work. This can also turn out to be hazardous for everyone.
The same statement was given by a vaccine expert who was fired from his job. Dr. Rick Bright had misadvised against the use of anti-malarial drugs to treat coronavirus.
Another similar incident occurred when the President pushed for rapid testing developed by Abbot Laboratories. The President called it an incredible system. Later on, the tests started to show uncertainty and showed negative even on the corona positive people.
The point is that drugs for corona treatment or a vaccine’s development do not need to be politicized. Ever since the President started to push for anti-malarial drugs for corona treatment, Trump supporters began to advocate for it. On the other hand, people who didn’t support Trump started to fight against it.
Despite all the drama, scientists have started to research more and more drugs. There have been reports of remdesivir proving to be a useful drug with promising results. Still, more research needs to take place to get a concrete answer.