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Hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus: The story so far – BBC Africa



For months, hydroxychloroquine, has been at the centre of much interest as potential preventative measure and for treating patients with Covid-19.

The anti-malarial drug has been promoted by Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and by his US counterpart Donald Trump who even claims to have taken it himself for a while to ward off infection.

The ongoing interest in the drug has led to shortages and rising prices which directly impacted those taking the drug already for autoimmune conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

While recent large scale trials have shown that hydroxychloroquine is not effective as a treatment, some countries have continued to promote its use within their healthcare systems.

With so many twist and turns, the question is where do we stand now with hydroxychloroquine?

Produced, edited and presented by Jameisha Prescod

Executive Producers: Miriam Quansah and Marko Zoric

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35 thoughts on “Hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus: The story so far – BBC Africa

  1. Thank you for sharing. There is such a media bias about HCQ. God bless you. I hope Africa has access to this medication and other options. Many Blessing from America.

  2. Blacks, Brown, Indians MUST stay in the sun more than "whiter/yellow" races.
    IF they have cultural issues with darker skin as Indians do they MUST get in the sun for… Vitamin D.

  3. No mention of the Ford Foundation study that did show the drug was effective. The effectiveness appears to be related to dosage, how soon the drug is administered and in combination with what other drugs like athromicin and zinc.

  4. What if people from around the world decided to sue the big media news outlets for lying to us about Hydroxychloraquine. Trump is the 45th president of the united states, he doesn't just make this stuff up, other scientists and doctors are now starting to verify this on a larger scale. The likes of MSNBC, CNN ABC AND THE BBC are constantly telling us it's lethal even though the drug has been tested and used for Malaria since 1955 and is also used for people suffering with Rheumatoid arthritis. We the people are strong together, they couldn't withstand something of that scale!

  5. I’ve been on this drug for 27 years. Max dose to help control lupus. I’ve been directly exposed to Covid 4 different occasions & my body has yet to get it or even produce antibodies for Covid. My Dr. stated that the staff & Drs have been taking the medication since Covid started. Due to political issues & other items she couldn’t discuss, they can’t offer it as a possible drug to help the population to not get Covid.
    She did make it very clear “don’t go out there thinkin you’re immune to Covid because of this medication. It has proven to help keep Covid at bay for healthy people, but lupus is still an unknown on what will effect you & won’t”…. I just wish politics would get out of the way so those that should have it, the elderly, at risk, essential workers that have to be around the public daily, SHOULD be allowed to take this medication!!!

  6. The Powers that BE Shut Down Trump for Speaking about this Drug–he had to start speaking about the New Bill Gates and Company Vaccine that everyone is Taking Now, as Black Lives Matter in America, they were First on the List to Take this DNA Altering New Vaccine…

  7. This is the best review of HCQ I've seen (at least among the best). The reporter is calm and non-biased. I am so tired of "hair on fire" screechers on cable news. The erroneous Lancet Study (produced out of political fervor) probably did more to mis-lead folks and sew the seeds of mis-trust for everyone.

  8. DR. DEATH FOUCI IS A MOUTHPIECE FOR GATES AND SOROS AND THAT BRAIN TRUST SHUT DOWN THE WORLD ECCONOMY, TO SAVE LIVES. IT WAS AWAY TO MAKE VACCINES THE ONLY CURE YOU MUST TELL ALL THAT THERE IS NO FEAR OF SIDE AFFECTS YOU SHOULD GO TO VLADIMIR ZELENKO'S SIGHT HE HAS BEEN TREATING CHINA VIRUS SINCE MARCH 2020 AND HAS HAD AMAZING RESULTS FROM HIS RESULTS I WOULD RATHER TAKE THE ZELENKO COCKTAIL THAN A VACCINE HIS % OF RECOVERY IS 97+% AND HE SERVES IT WITH ZINK AND ZINK STOPS THE REPRODUCTIVE PART OF THE VIRUS BUT HAS A HARD TIME OF GETING IN BUT THE HYDROXY. GETS RIGHT IN LIKE A SHOT WHICH THE ZINK USES AS A DOOR TO GAIN A EAY IN ALSO HE SAYS EARLY TREATMENT IS THE KEY ALSO WORKS AT A LOWER DOSE AS PROPHYLACTIC WHEN TREATED WITH THIS COCKTAILWHICH ENCLUDED CEPTIMYICINE AS A ANTI-BIOTICFOR ANY OTHER LINGERING ASPECTS OF CHINA VIRUS. CHECK HIM OUT REALY HAS A LOT TO SAY ABOUT LACK OF TREATMENT FOR THOSE WHO AREN'T SICK ENOUGH TO BE HOSPITALIZED BECAUSE BY THEN YOUR BODY IS BEING DAMAGED AND IS VERY HARD TO OVER COME LATER. HIS MOTO IS DON'T WAIT TO GET HOSPITALIZED AND DON'T DIE. HE ALSO THINKS IF SOMETHING THAT WORKS AS GOOD AS THIS WOULD BE FRONT PAGE NEWS. BUT WHEN A CURE FOR A "PANDEMIC" SHOULD COST MORE THAN $20 FOR A 5 DAY TREATMENT, NO PROFIT FOR BIG PHARMA IS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE DAMAGING SLANDER OF A DRUG COCKTAIL THAT EVERONE CAN AFORD SHOULD BE DISMIST OFF HAND BECUASEDR. DEATH SAYS SO HE DID THE SAME THING WHEN HE HELD BACK THE TREATMENT OF AIDS AND GOT AWAY WITH IT THEN TOO.

  9. HOW IDIOTIC for anyone to say that drug is "UNSAFE" when people have already been taking it for years for a wide range of varied ailments. It is as stupid as saying paracetamol is "Unsafe" when being taken for flu symptoms.

  10. Wow, this was good journalism. I especially appreciate how you included the fact that HCQ is becoming more expensive and less accessible for those who use it for not covid reasons. Thank you for keeping this factual and apolitical. Both extremes on this issue have been a discouragement to me.

  11. Now we have vaccines for Covid that have caused death and permanent disability’s, but hey as long as big pharma gets richer it don’t matter. I’ve taken this medication for many many years and haven’t got sick with the flu or cold since. I believe in this medication 100% But big pharma and other companies can’t make big money off it so they tell you it don’t work and it’s to risky .

  12. I was in my death bed in 2020, but once I took Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycine, I literally survived. Long story short, it works great for some people and the myth that doctors are told to sway patients away from this drug is bizzare. Please do your own research.

  13. I have covid an have a bottle of pills thanks to my son in law who is from africa. Cannot get here in the usa I started taking it yesterday will see I'm so sick right now

  14. I have Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I take Hydroxychloroquine. January 29, 2021 my grandmother, my mother and both of kids were diagnosed with Covid. My mom and grandma lived together. It was only me and my kids living together. I tried to quarantine them in their rooms. But considering my toddler was not understanding was going I could not force her to stay in her room and cry all day. So yes I let her cuddle with me, sleep in the bed with me. Not once did I catch Covid. And my immune system is very week.

  15. VICTORY OVER THE RONA – just tested positive for the rona – immediately took 2 tspns of bicarbonate of soda to quickly alkalise the system (viruses cannot survive in an alkaline environment) then bombarded it with vitamin c, d, zinc and barley grass – but what i was most excited about was finding the homemade HCQ recipe on youtube (now taken down) – wasn't HCQ what Trump took? – thing is you can only get it on prescription if you have arthritis – so here it is – slice up grapefruits, lemons, ginger in pure water – bring to the boil and simmer for 2 to 3 hours and drink as a tea – i drank the lot and my symptoms all but disappeared within a day – when we realise how easily we can recover – we will not be forced to take endless rona jabs amen

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