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World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the WHO decided to resume its trial on hydroxychloroquine after the Data Safety and Monitoring Committee reviewed the trial data and recommended that there are no reasons to modify the trial protocol.
The U.N. agency last month paused the part of its large study of treatments against COVID-19 in which newly enrolled patients were getting the anti-malarial drug to treat COVID-19 due to fears it increased death rates and irregular heartbeats.
The WHO's chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, called for other trials of the drug to proceed. "We owe it to patients to have a definitive answer on whether or not a drug works," she said, adding that safety monitoring should also continue.
Swaminathan said the WHO would be keen to see more results of clinical trials of Avifavir, a drug she said would be used to treat COVID-19 in Russian hospitals "very soon."
During the briefing, WHO officials said they were especially worried about outbreaks in Latin America and in Haiti, one of the world's poorest nations, where infections have been spreading rapidly.
The coronavirus has infected almost 3 million people in the Americas and more than 6.43 million worldwide.
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