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Chloroquine can prevent coronavirus- NAFDAC DG



The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Tuesday, declared that chloroquine prevents the dreaded coronavirus.⁣

Its Director-General, Prof. Christianah Mojisola Adeyeye, during an online interactive session with journalists, said: “We realise that chloroquine can be used in the early stage of the COVID-19 infection as prophylactic treatment. Science does not lie.”⁣

The pharmacist further explained: “On March 20, 2020, during a press briefing, I said I was going through literature and I found (out) that chloroquine and remdesivir killed COVID-19 in vitro – that is in the laboratory. In early March, there was a publication where 100 patients were treated with chloroquine in 10 hospitals across Chinese cities. I made a statement that chloroquine is only for clinical trial treatment. There has to be a level of confidence that depends on the number of subjects and results.”⁣

She went on: “We did not know that the disease has four stages that include pre-exposure, early-stage, severe stage, and post-infection. At what stage that chloroquine will be more effective, we did not know at that time.⁣

“We are now understanding that it is not one drug that can be effective for COVID-19. It depends on the phase of the disease. We started working with Lagos State on a clinical trial for chloroquine. We are getting to know that it is working.⁣

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