Chloroquine Moves To Top of COVID-19 Clinical Trial List
Bayer, Novartis, Sanofi, Teva And Mylan Donating Antimalarial
Many hopes for an effective coronavirus treatment are being pinned on chloroquine, not least those of President Trump, and pharma companies are supplying the antimalarial to the US at no cost for use in clinical trials.
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