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Potential treatments for COVID-19

By Ma Chi | | Updated: 2020-03-19 11:30
A worker checks tablets on a chloroquine phosphate production line in Nantong, Jiangsu province, in February. [Photo/Xinhua]

2. Chloroquine phosphate

Developed in the 1950s to treat malaria, the drug has shown the potential to inhibit coronavirus growth during in vitro tests.

Zhong Nanshan, China's leading epidemic control expert, said early clinical results show that severe patients have recovered more quickly after taking the medicine compared to other drugs.

The medicine is included in the latest guideline on diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients released by the National Health Commission.

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