The process of distributing the 5 tonnes of chloroquine to public hospitals in Greece imported from India, is in its final ordering phase.
According to sources, the substance was ordered and manufactured in tablets by the pharmaceutical company Uni-pharma SA, which reportedly announced that it will release 24 million doses free of charge to the Greek state in 200 mg tablets.
The Greek pharmaceutical company received the licence to produce chloroquine in 1984, and released the drug ‘Unikinon’ which is widely reported as a potentially successful treatment for coronavirus.
“With a high sense of historic responsibility and social contribution, Uni-pharma SA states that is always close to Greek patients and their needs by supporting public health, as it has done in the last 57 years,” it said in its statement.
The treatment regime will be decided based on the suggestions of the scientific community.
Meanwhile in France, a renowned research professor has reported successful results from a new treatment for Covid-19 (the use of chloroquine and azithromycin), with early tests suggesting it can stop the virus from being contagious in just six days.
Professor Didier Raoult from infection hospital l’Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Méditerranée Infection in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur), published a video last week explaining the trials.
He noted that the first Covid-19 patients he had treated with the drug chloroquine had seen a rapid and effective speeding up of their healing process, and a sharp decrease in the amount of time they remained contagious.
A study by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family practioner in New York, also notes that the medicine (hydroxychloroquine) healed 699 patients he treated with no intubations and no deaths.