May 20, 2020 / 1:52 PM / 5 days ago

Brazil clears way for use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19

SAO PAULO, May 20 (Reuters) - Brazil’s Health Ministry on Wednesday issued new guidelines clearing the way for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients with COVID-19, days after a second health minister in a row quit under pressure from President Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro had said on Tuesday the Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, an active duty army general, would sign the new protocol.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu, in Brasilia, writing by Carolina Mandl, in Sao Paulo; Editing by Christian Plumb

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