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Yahoo! BooksMar 29, 2020
Russia Claimed It Created a Coronavirus Cure, but It's an American Malaria Drug
The headline of the Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti read, "Russia Created the Treatment for Coronavirus." The article went on to boast about the remedy based on the drug mefloquine, an antimalarial drug created in fact at the U.S. Army's Walter Reed Medical Center shortly after the Vietnam War and widely known as Lariam. Fiona Hill: Trump's Coronavirus Talk Sounds a Lot Like Russia'sMefloquine was created to replace chloroquine, another anti-malarial, which was President Donald Trump's recent drug of choice in his dubious battle against COVID-19. It is still prescribed in many countries to prevent and treat malaria, but it is known to have severe and sometimes shocking side effects. A study conducted from 2001-2003 "confirmed mefloquine's potential for causing psychological illness."Facing a wave of ridicule in social media, Russian state media changed the headline, which now reads: "Russia Offered a Drug for Treating the Coronavirus."It should be noted that there is no known cure or approved treatment for the coronavirus. Multiple clinical trials for potential medical treatments are still underway.The purpose of all this is less pharmacological than propagandistic. While Kremlin-controlled media outlets propagate conspiracy theories blaming the United States (and even Ukraine) for creating and spreading the coronavirus, Russia is presented as the potential savior of all of humanity. At a time when the Kremlin's cynical effort to hide the extent of the pandemic i
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