Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, infected with a coronavirus, said he was doing well thanks to anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine.
Bolsonaru said on Tuesday that his test for the new coronavirus gave a positive result. The President personally went to reporters to tell them the news about his health and the result of the COVID-19 test. Bolsonaru, like the reporters surrounding him, used a mask, but did not keep his distance. At the end of the conversation, the politician walked a few meters from the journalists and took off his mask to demonstrate that he was feeling well.
Earlier, the former Minister of Health of Brazil Enrique Mandetta doubted the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine. Mandetta stated that this medicine is “politicized” and serves as a “damper so that people feel confident and go to work.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) has withdrawn hydroxychloroquine from drug trials to control COVID-19. In early June, Oxford scientists said they did not find evidence that the drug could help with treatment. According to the study, 25.7% of patients taking hydroxychloroquine died within 28 days. Moreover, of those who did not take this drug, 23.5% died. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) also decided to discontinue the clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine as a medicine against coronavirus.