Global trials of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine are set to resume under the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The study of the drug had been halted after research papers by respected science journalists were retracted. The papers were withdrawn by the New England Journal and Lancet after the authors could not verify some of the data used in the analysis of the drug.

“There are over 130 trials going on worldwide with hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19. Many of those studies were temporarily stopped and the WHO suspended the hydroxychloroquine arm of the solidarity study,” said Solidarity Trial Co-principal Investigator, Professor Helen Rees.

She revealed that the drug trials were about to resume in South Africa according to ENCA.

“The Solidarity trial has now received approval from the regulatory authority, SAHPRA, and is now in the final stages of discussion with the ethics committees, but I think that those will come through quite soon. So we are very much hoping that the solidarity study will be able to start within the next one to two weeks.”

The World Health Organisation has released the newest information regarding the use of face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The organisation revealed that wearing a mask alone is not enough to effectively safeguard against the virus.

With global infections now sitting at over 6.8 million and fatalities rising to 398 000 while over 3.3 million people have managed to recover.

Madagascar’s Education minister who barely a week ago said she would spend KSh 234 million to purchase sweets for school kids has been sacked.

Rijasoa Andriamanana had explained part of the reason she was considering distributing sweets was solely because the country’s COVID-19 herbal tonic was too bitter for kids.

President Andry Rajoelina appointed Higher Education Minister Elia Béatrice Assoumacou to take over from Rijasoa in a statement announced on Thursday, June 4, according to BBC.


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