File Picture of a gunman, posing for a portrait on an Armoured Personnel Provider (APC) of the French Military through the Barkhane operation in northern Burkina Faso on November 12, 2019.
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France’s armed forces ministry on Friday mentioned it had purchased a consignment of the anti-malarial drug chloroquine from China as a precaution in case it turns into an authorised treatment for the coronavirus, an thought dismissed by many specialists.
The ministry made the assertion following a viral video on social media displaying packages marked as chloroquine destined for the French military.
“Against the background of strong tensions in the provisioning of pharmaceutical materials, the armed forces ministry carried out a purchase as a precaution,” it mentioned, confirming that the acquisition had been from China.
It mentioned the bought drug could be prepared “if ever chloroquine is authorised by the health authorities as useful for fighting against COVID-19,” it added.
There was impassioned debate in France on the effectiveness of chloroquine in treating the coronavirus, a trigger championed by Professor Didier Raoult, a distinguished however controversial Marseille-based physician.
President Donald Trump has additionally backed the concept. However France has solely authorised its use for treating the gravest virus circumstances and a latest US research linked chloroquine to the next dying charge.
Within the video on social media, a voice could be saying that the consignment quantities to 70 kilogrammes and was destined for the military’s central pharmacy. The ministry, nonetheless, couldn’t verify how a lot of the substance was imported.
4 French troopers deployed within the Sahel area of western Africa in France’s anti-jihadist Barkhane power examined constructive earlier this month for coronavirus.
Furthermore, almost half of the two,300 sailors who have been aboard France’s plane service Charles de Gaulle and help craft when a coronavirus outbreak occurred at sea have examined constructive for the virus.