Bolsonaro touts hydroxychloroquine as Brazil virus crisis deepens

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Published on May 21, 2020 by

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is promoting the use of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus, despite the medical community warning that it could cause serious side-effects.
But Bolsonaro continues to be sceptical about COVID-19 and has filled his Health Ministry with military officials after his previous health ministers resigned.
Brazil has the third-largest number of infections worldwide and its hospitals are struggling to cope.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports.

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