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Coronavirus: WHO halts trials of hydroxychloroquine over safety fears

BBC News Monday, 25 May 2020
Testing of hydroxychloroquine as a possible coronavirus treatment is suspended by the health agency.
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The World Health Organization announced they are temporarily suspending clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine. The controversial drug has been used as an experimental coronavirus treatment for the past several months. Now, amid mounting safety concerns experts are ending all clinical trials...

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