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Healthcare workers begin COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine trial

Healthcare workers begin COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine trial

21/5/2020 11:18:00 AM

Health care workers begin COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine trial

LONDON: British healthcare workers will on Thursday (May 21) begin taking part in a University of Oxford-led international trial of two ...

The trial, led by the University of Oxford with the support of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in Bangkok, will open to British participants at hospital sites in Brighton and Oxford on Thursday and involve those who are in close contact with patients with proven or suspected COVID-19.

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"We really do not know if chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine are beneficial or harmful against COVID-19," said the University of Oxford's Professor Nicholas White, the study's co-principal investigator who is based at MORU.Advertisement

Advertisement"The best way to find out if they are effective in preventing COVID-19 is in a randomised clinical trial."READ: Commentary: COVID-19 treatment researchers should be cooperating not trash-talking each otherIn Britain, Europe and Africa participants will receive either hydroxychloroquine or a placebo for three months. In Asia they will receive either chloroquine or a placebo.

A total of 25 study sites are expected to be open in the UK by the end of June, MORU said, with plans for further sites in Thailand and Southeast Asia, Italy, Portugal, Africa and South America. The results are expected by the end of this year. Read more: CNA »

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