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Noem says state to test anti-malarial drug for COVID-19

(AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem continues to resist calls for a stay-at-home order amid an outbreak in Sioux Falls. But she says South Dakota will run a comprehensive trial for the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat and potentially prevent COVID-19. The governor says the trial is a way to “go on offense” against the coronavirus. She is pushing forward a treatment that has been advanced by President Donald Trump. It has also drawn skepticism from doctors who say it could have severe side effects. The state’s three largest health care providers will conduct a trial with 2,000 people.


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