Disinfo: Russian scientists created 3 drugs against coronavirus

Summary

Russian scientists created 3 drugs that could potentially be used against the coronavirus COVID-19 – Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine/ chloroquine, and fortepren.

Disproof

None of the listed drugs was created in Russia. Remdevisir was developed by Gilead Sciences for Ebola virus. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are oral prescription drugs that have been used for the treatment of malaria and were added as a recommended antiviral for the treatment of COVID-19 in China. Fortepren was created back in 2016 and has been recommended for patients with chronic recurrent herpes. CDC approved Remdevisir and Hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine as therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients. Read more disinformation cases about coronavirus here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/03/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian, Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus
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Disproof

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Disproof

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