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A medical staff shows packets of Nivaquine containing chloroquine and Plaqueril containing hydroxychloroquine at the IHU Mediterranee Infection Institute Marseille Frence

A medical staff shows packets of Nivaquine containing chloroquine and Plaqueril containing hydroxychloroquine at the IHU Mediterranee Infection Institute Marseille Frence

However, given reported success in a growing number of small, non-randomized studies; as well as testimonials from doctors and patients about the use of the "off-label" drug regimen, doctors are said to be prescribing the treatment to patients who are severely ill.

But thus far, there is little scientific evidence that chloroquine, or its closely-related analogue hydroxychloroquine, are effective in treating Covid-19.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized with Covid-19. Coronavirus lockdown: Latest updatesIt is being tested out on the COVID-19 patients in NY on an experimental basis, hoping that this will give a solution in the treatment against the novel coronavirus.

Trump said last week that the two drugs could be a "gift from God", despite scientists warning against the dangers of overhyping unproven treatments.

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Trump continued, praising Abbott Labs for their "incredible work", "working around the clock" to develop this test and get it through the FDA approval process. Both the drugs have been evaluated for the use against COVID-19 in clinical trials around the world.

But a senior executive of the global pharmaceutical company Novartis, which makes hydroxychloroquine, said the drug is the best hope against COVID-19.

In addition to accepting and distributing the donated medicines, HHS is funding clinical trials of two drugs, Kevzara (sarilumab) and remdesivir, and is supporting the earlier development of multiple potential therapeutic treatments, vaccines, and diagnostic tests for COVID-19. The statement also announced that Sandoz donated 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to the stockpile and Bayer donated 1 million doses of chloroquine. The US has more than 140,000 novel coronavirus cases and 2,489 deaths, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

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