WHO ‘strongly advises’ against hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19

An expert panel says the drug should be dropped as a research priority and has no 'meaningful effect' on mortality

A WHO expert panel has ‘strongly advised’ against the use of anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine for preventing COVID-19, saying research on the drug should cease.

A review of six randomised controlled trials involving 6000 people shows the drug has “no meaningful effect” on death and admission to hospital, according to the living guideline published in the BMJ Tuesday.