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WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in COVID trials after failure to reduce death

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By Stephanie Nebehay

The World Health Organization(WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

The setback came as the WHO also reported more than 200,000 new cases globally of the disease for the first time in a single day. The United States accounted for 53,213 of the total 212,326 new cases recorded on Friday, the WHO said.

"These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalised COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care. Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect," the WHO said in a statement, referring to large multicountry trials that the agency is leading.

The U.N. agency said the decision, taken on the recommendation of the trial's international steering committee, does not affect other studies where those drugs are used for non-hospitalised patients or as a prophylaxis.

Another branch of the WHO-led trial is looking at the potential effect of Gilead's antiviral drug remdesivir on COVID-19. The European Commission on Friday gave remdesivir conditional approval for use after being shown to shorten hospital recovery times.

The solidarity trial started out with five branches looking at possible treatment approaches to COVID-19: standard care; remdesivir; hydroxychloroquine; lopinavir/ritonavir; and lopanivir/ritonavir combined with interferon.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Friday that nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries had been recruited so far into its clinical trials and that interim results were expected within two weeks.

Some 18 experimental COVID-19 vaccines are being tested on humans among nearly 150 treatments under development.

Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergencies expert, said on Friday that it would be unwise to predict when a vaccine could be ready. While a vaccine candidate might show its effectiveness by year's end, the question was how soon it could then be mass-produced, he said.

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How many deaths caused by the mindless devotion to a charlatan without morals, decency or empathy?

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The selfishness, foolishness and stupidity of the guy who hoped hydroxychloroquine was a cure for his own political good is now just another debunked obvious falsehood among his thousands of lies.

Trump is the worst, dumbest president, in the history of the United States of America.

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CNN

@CNN

Jul 3

A surprising new study found that the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped Covid-19 patients better survive in the hospital.

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A surprising new study found that the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped Covid-19 patients better survive in the hospital.

From CNN

A surprising new study found the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped patients better survive in the hospital. But the findings, like the federal government's use of the drug itself, were disputed.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/02/health/hydroxychloroquine-coronavirus-detroit-study/index.html

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Whether hydroxychloroquine is safe or not, it's ridiculous that a crazy amount of resources was directed at that, not because of it's apparent efficacy, but because Trump wanted to pretend that Coronavirus wasn't a problem - as he was worried about it crashing his fragile economy - so he politicized hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure.

So now the world has dedicated an inordinate amount resources at looking whether this political issue is even valid or not, instead of using data to allocate resources in a non-political manner.

Just one more example of Trump's inteptitude as a president, and why Americans are very clearly stating en masse that they think he is pathetic and unqualified, and that even Biden is not just a better option, but an EXTREMELY better option.

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Well, this just surprises the heck out of me - I thought our Dear President said this hydro stuff would cure the virus. I've been taking it for a month and except for the retching and paralysis, feel great - and it gives my skin this nice orange glow...

Well, I guess we'll have to go back to the old Trump-recommended standbys; injecting disinfectant and having Pastor Copeland come "blow the virus away"....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CMgcLO9jH4

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Who cares what WHO says at this point?

How many deaths caused by the mindless devotion to a charlatan without morals, decency or empathy?

What charlatan? The CCP's lying and deception has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Well, I guess we'll have to go back to the old Trump-recommended standbys; injecting disinfectant

Yeah, keep repeating that lie. No, even better, watch that whole press conference so you can understand he never suggested that.

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all the hydroxychloroquine studies in one place. nearly all are good and show it works. Especially when taken early. Of course the WHO doesnt want anyone knowing that.

https://c19study.com/

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Well, I guess we'll have to go back to the old Trump-recommended standbys; injecting disinfectant

Yeah, keep repeating that lie. No, even better, watch that whole press conference so you can understand he never suggested that.

Can do better than that - here's the direct quote;

"And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? "So it'd be interesting to check that."

All the hydroxychloroquine studies in one place. 

What a joke - some fake site without any attribution or identity.

Maybe you should look at the New England Journal of Medicine;

CONCLUSIONS

*In this observational study involving patients with Covid-19 who had been admitted to the hospital, hydroxychloroquine administration was not associated with either a greatly lowered or an increased risk of the composite end point of intubation or death.*

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2012410

But, hey, keep taking (and paying) for it if you want...but you'd save a lot of money and be much safer from the virus by just buying and wearing a mask...

Just ask those "Anti-Americans" Pence, McConnell, and Hannity...

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Just ask those "Anti-Americans" Pence, McConnell, and Hannity...

You're confusing them with Pelosi, Schumer and Schiff....

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Just ask those "Anti-Americans" Pence, McConnell, and Hannity...

You're confusing them with Pelosi, Schumer and Schiff....

Nope, not according to the Trump supporter below;

bass4funkJuly 4  10:07 am JST

Trump re-tweeted a post that said wearing a mask is "anti-American"...do you agree? Yes or no...

I agree

Wonder if Melania wears a mask....

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Well, I guess we'll have to go back to the old Trump-recommended standbys; injecting disinfectant

Yeah, keep repeating that lie. No, even better, watch that whole press conference so you can understand he never suggested that.

Can do better than that - here's the direct quote;

*"And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? "So it'd be interesting to check that."*

You didn't do what I told you to do. All you did was take one quote out of the entire relevant segment of that press conference. Only an idiot who watched that entire segment would think Trump was suggesting injecting disinfectant into yourself. I'll give you one more chance - in fact I'll make it as easy for you as I can - watch this video and then come back here if comments aren't disabled, lol, and tell me you STILL think Trump suggested people inject disinfectant into themselves:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXARy68kl1E

Wonder if Melania wears a mask....

... https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/melania-trump-tweets-photo-wearing-mask-encourage/story?id=70073827

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Serrano

Only an idiot who watched that entire segment would think Trump was suggesting injecting disinfectant into yourself.

Well yeah. But I suspect most of the CNN believers here never watched the entire segment, they just take their talking points from the fake media.

About hydroxychloroquine, I understand that so far all studies that look at it it in the right context (taken early and in combination with zinc) show positive results, while those studies that show no results use it the way it is not supposed to be used (late, and without zinc). Guess which studies the fake media keep referring to.

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