Hydroxychloroquine has long been used for malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis but is not proven to be safe or effective for preventing or treating coronavirus infection.
The event was a pledging conference for the vaccines alliance GAVI, which says the funds will be used to vaccinate about 300 million children in dozens of countries against diseases like malaria, pneumonia and HPV.
The warning comes a day after a UN appeal for countries to fund emergency aid in the Arab world’s poorest nation fell a billion dollars short of what agencies need to cover essential activities from June to December.
Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an "immediate second peak," WHO warns, while UN health agency halts trial of hydroxychloroquine drug in patients citing safety reasons.
In the study that looked at over 96,000 people hospitalised with Covid-19, those treated with hydroxychloroquine or the related chloroquine had higher risk of death than patients who were not given the medicines.
The global coronavirus pandemic has affected more than five million people, with some 330,000 deaths. Coronavirus-related updates for May 21:
A fragile healthcare system and a continent facing several pre-existing ailments, the coronavirus looks set to further strain resources.
Technology has helped to cut costs and takes battle inside mosquito-breeding areas, say experts
US president has advocated for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19. Results of a Washington-funded study of the drug, the largest yet, linked the drug with more deaths and showed no benefit against the disease over standard care.
Nigeria's health system could come under immense stress as it faces a two-pronged fight.
The time to act in Africa is now, before the pandemic peaks on the continent.
We speak to a Turkish doctor who's done extensive aid work in Africa and he tells us how Covid-19 once again puts African bodies at risk of ethically wrong medical experiments conducted by the West.
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