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Hungary Joins Nations Banning Export of Trump-Backed Virus Drug

March 25, 2020, 2:45 PM

Hungary banned the export of hydroxychloroquine during its coronavirus-triggered state of emergency after President Donald Trump touted the malaria medicine as a potential “game changer.”

Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a government decree on Wednesday banning the export of hydroxychloroquine sulfate as a drug, except for government-approved humanitarian missions or sales abroad that don’t endanger the national stockpile.

China, Europe and South Korea recommend it as one of several treatments for Covid-19 patients, but there’s no conclusive scientific evidence that hydroxychloroquine can treat the infection from the novel pathogen. India, which has some of the world’s largest manufacturers of the ...