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Suspected racism in research ended after 11 died in Manaus

Most of the patients were mestizo in the group submitted to high doses in research accused of seeking to discredit medication against covid-19. The Brazilian Brown-Mestizo Movement will take the case to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and to the Municipal Human Rights Council of Manaus.

A study allegedly on the effectiveness of the use of chloroquine was stopped after the death of 11 patients undergoing high doses of the drug in Manaus.

81 patients, some without proof of having covid-19, were selected and 41 of them were given extremely high doses of chloroquine (12g divided into 10 days), well above the dosage of the drug used to treat vivax malaria (1.5g divided into 3 days), for example. The 40 other patients received 2.7g.

Although the researchers’ report states that patients were selected at random, 58 patients were mixed, with 30 of these being placed in the group undergoing high doses. That is, more than half. Also 4 black patients, out of a total of 6, were submitted to high dosage.

Although the majority of covid-19 patients are white (according to the Ministry of Health), 17 white patients were selected and of these 7 were submitted to high doses – the only racial segment in the survey that reduced percentage in the group exposed to high dosage.

The research had international repercussions. US Yuko Social CEO Mike Couldrey commented that

“Not only did they overdose their patients, the ‘researchers’ had the sheer audacity to conclude the study saying ‘Chloroquine is dangerous and not effective at treating COVID-19.’”

Those responsible for the research have been accused of having used patients as guinea pigs, of carrying out the research in order to discredit the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of covid-19 and President Jair Bolsonaro – several are admittedly left-wing and have campaign against the election of the current president of the republic.

The research was funded by the Government of Amazonas, Fiocruz, SUFRAMA, CAPES, FAPEAM, and with federal funds “given” by a coalition of senators.

Brazilian Brown-Mestizo Movement (Nação Mestiça), that is a member of the Municipal Human Rights Council of Manaus, intends to take the case to the agency and request an investigation from the Public Ministry.

Posted in Português.

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