“The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is discontinuing trials of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir for hospitalized coronavirus patients, after the treatments failed to reduce mortality.” [Source: Guardian (UK)]
Not only do they fail to reduce mortality when given to hospitalized coronavirus patients, the fact is that hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir and ritonavir are all highly dangerous drugs. The side-effects for hydroxychloroquine include allergic reactions, liver problems, low blood sugar, seizures, and heart problems. The side effects for lopinavir and ritonavir include blurred vision, fast heartbeat, fever, loss of consciousness, troubled breathing, and vomiting.
Despite the dangers of these drugs they are still being widely hyped as potential treatments for coronavirus infection. This hyping of drugs despite their dangers and ineffectiveness continues a pattern that the pharmaceutical industry established more than a century ago.
If you are wondering what is stopping the WHO from recommending vitamin C and other micronutrients as treatments for coronavirus infection, the answer is simple: the hundreds of millions of dollars in annual funding it receives from Bill Gates and the pharma industry. Illustrating the extent to which the WHO has sold its soul to business interests, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now the second largest funder of the WHO after the US government.
To learn more about the dangers of hydroxychloroquine, read this article on our website.
To learn about the dangers of drugs used for the treatment of HIV and AIDS, see the ‘Facts about Antiviral Drugs’ feature on our website.