The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday revoked its emergency authorization for two malaria drugs as potential COVID-19 treatments. The drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine — touted by President Donald Trump as a treatment for the coronavirus — are unlikely to be effective, the FDA said amid growing evidence they don’t work and could cause deadly side effects. The regulator said the drugs pose a greater risk to patients than any potential benefits. Citing reports of heart complications, the FDA said the decades-old drugs’ unproven benefits “do not outweigh the known and potential risks.” Researchers and their self-experiments An oral vaccination against coronavirus Courage, curiosity or complete hubris? It’s probably a mixture of all these things that causes many scientists to test their own inventions on themselves first. According to the Global Times, a Chinese doctor not only developed an oral vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 but also tried it out himself. So far, he hasn’t seen any side effects. Researchers and their self-experiments Laughing-gas party with Humphry Scientific knowledge and private pleasure can go hand in hand. The British chemist Sir Humphry Davy experimented with nitrous oxide between 1795 and 1798. With the help of his self-experiments, he discovered… Read full this story
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