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The Trump administration's donation of 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil — one of a handful of countries that still recommend the drug for Covid-19 — has been mostly untouched since arrival, Brazilian officials have told CNN.
Yet Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro insists that hydroxychloroquine helped him recover from a two-week infection, and Brazil's health ministry advises that doctors prescribe the drug to treat mild cases, even for pregnant women.
Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, however, noted that the US Food and Drug Administration has revoked authorization for hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment.
The Brazilian army and state keep an annual stock to combat malaria, but owing to false assertions that hydroxychloroquine would help defeat the coronavirus, both escalated its manufacture and in April ordered a large amount of precursor ingredients from India.
Pedro Archer, director of the Rio de Janeiro doctor's union, and an ICU doctor himself for months in the pandemic, said that he feared the focus on hydroxychloroquine has diverted government attention away from obtaining medications that coronavirus patients actually need."
The US sent Brazil millions of hydroxychloroquine doses. Months later, they're still in storage – CNN, americas