WHO: hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trials to resume
Updated 15:56, 04-Jun-2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced that based on the latest data review, the clinical trial of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients, which was paused last week due to safety concerns, will continue.

Speaking at a virtual press conference, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that experts have been reviewing the data and recommended that "there are no reasons to modify the trial protocol."

"The Executive Group received this recommendation and endorsed continuation of all arms of the Solidarity Trial, including hydroxychloroquine," he said.

The Solidarity Trial is a WHO-sponsored plan to evaluate the safety and efficacy of four drugs and drug combinations against COVID-19, which include hydroxychloroquine.

Hydroxychloroquine has been a controversial drug touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a cure for COVID-19, but previous studies have found it ineffective and could cause multiple risks, including increased risk of death. 

On May 25, the WHO decided to pause the trial of hydroxychloroquine amid concerns over its safety.

"The Data Safety and Monitoring Committee will continue to closely monitor the safety of all therapeutics being tested in the Solidarity Trial," Tedros said.  

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Source(s): Xinhua News Agency