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Covid-19: US sends Brazil 2m doses of hydroxychloroquine

The US has sent Brazil more than 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug claimed by President Donald Trump as a reliable treatment for the coronavirus. The Brazilian government has already acknowledged the arrival of the drug,  despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning that scientific evidence has not backed up the US leader’s claim.

Mr. Trump has said he is taking the drug as a prophylactic.

In a joint statement with the Brazilian Government on Sunday, the US White House said the doses of hydroxychloroquine had been sent to the embattled Latin-American nation as a prophylactic for frontline health workers and as a therapeutic for those who may come down with the virus.

The White House said it was also delivering some 1,000 ventilators to the country.

Brazil is now South America’s worst-hit country, and has continued to face a surge in virus cases.

Last week, Mr. Trump announced that the US was restricting travel from Brazil to prevent travellers from spreading the virus.

On Sunday, Brazil’s health ministry announced there have been 514,849 confirmed coronavirus cases, the second-highest in the world after the US.

There have also been 29,314 deaths, making it the country with the fourth largest fatality rate, behind the US, Italy and Spain.

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