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US Authorizes The Use Of Chloroquine For Coronavirus Patients

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued what was termed as ‘an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19’.

The drugs  used to treat malaria and other conditions is said to have little scientific evidence and are effective in treating Covid-19.

In its statement, Department of Health and Human Services, HHS said:

“Anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
“The safety profile of these drugs has only been studied for FDA approved indications, not COVID-19.”

Before this release, US President Donald Trump had claimed few weeks ago that the  FDA had approved the “very powerful” drug chloroquine to treat coronavirus.
“It’s shown very encouraging — very, very encouraging early results. And we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately. And that’s where the FDA has been so great. They — they’ve gone through the approval process; it’s been approved.  Trump said. This led to overdose of the drugs in many countries including Nigeria before FDA  issued a statement disapproving the use.

Now the drugs has been approved. But while there’s limited evidence on the efficacy of chloroquine, or hydroxychloroquine, the FDA said the drugs’ benefits outweighed their risk. In its letter, the FDA encouraged randomized clinical trials that could assess the effectiveness of the drugs. It also noted that the known and potential benefits outweigh the risks.

The authorization is limited to patients who are currently hospitalized and weigh at least 50kg, or about 110 pounds. Under the emergency use authorization, health care providers must contact their local or state health department to access the drugs.

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Japanese Cargo Ship Reportedly Hit by a Russian Missile Off the Coast of Ukraine

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A cargo ship owned by a Japanese firm has been reportedly hit by a missile off the coast of Ukraine in the Black Sea on Friday, injuring one crew member.

According to Japan Times, the cargo ship Namura Queen was damaged and one of the 20 Filipino crew sustained a nonlife threatening injury.

The ship can operate under its own steam and has headed to Turkey, where the damage to the vessel will be assessed, the report said. Ukraine authorities said the missile was fired by Russian forces, following their military invasion of Ukraine earlier this week.

Also a Moldovan-flagged chemical tanker was hit as reported by Reuters.

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Patriotism: Two Ukrainian Kids Seen Paying Respect To The Troop [PHOTO]

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This emotional and patriotic photo was shared on social media. It captured two Ukrainian kids paying their respect to Ukrainian troops heading to the war front.

True patriotism!

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Russia Attacks Ukraine, Citizens Asked To Pick Up Arms And Fight

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a military operation in Ukraine, with explosions heard across the country. Weeks of intense diplomacy and the imposition of Western sanctions on Russia failed to deter Putin, who had massed between over  150,000 troops along the borders of Ukraine.

Putin said he had authorised military action to defend itself against what he said were threats emanating from Ukraine.

Ukrainian military has said that they’ve shot down six Russian jets and helicopters in the eastern region, as Russian troops moved into the neighbouring country’s territories. Aircraft and an aggressor helicopter were shot down near the area of the Joint Forces.

The command also said that Ukraine’s military units are keeping their positions as “the enemy suffers losses.”

Ukranian Defense Minister has asked anyone who is ready and able to hold a weapon can join the Territorial Defense Force.

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