İrem GÖL -TDO- The anti-malarial drug which is said to prevent catching the coronavirus will be tested in the UK. UK government is aiming to buy 16 million tablets as a part of a £35 million contract. There has been no evidence that hydroxychloroquine can prevent coronavirus, and some experts warn about possible secondary effects.
Studies are taking place in many countries such as the UK and the US to examine a very similar drug called chloroquine to see if it is effective against the coronavirus. UK scientists have been examining whether the drug can be used to treat the disease, rather than prevent it. The UK did not make an official declaration that recommends the use of the drug.
A spokesperson from Department of Health and Social Care said: “The UK is leading the way on research in the race to find and fast-track potential treatments, and clinical trials are under way to assess whether existing medicines are safe and effective for treating Covid-19.”