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24 mln doses of chloroquine to be distributed to Greek hospitals as of Friday

Featured 24 mln doses of chloroquine to be distributed to Greek hospitals as of Friday

Distribution of the chloroquine-based drug Unikinon to all coronavirus reference hospitals of the National Health System will start on Friday, pharmaceutical manufacturer Uni-Pharma SA announced on Thursday.

The drug was approved for distribution by the National Organization for Medicines. 

Some 24 million doses of Unikinon will be distributed and a batch of 60,000 doses will be sent to Cyprus.

In a statement, Uni-Pharma SA clarified that the purchase of fine tons for the active ingredient of Unikinon was a company initiative, and it paid for the expenditure entirely on its own. The purchase of the ingredient took place on March 21, it said. 

A company statement on its site said that chloroquine, along with hydroxychloroquine, are being researched globally as therapy for Covid-1, "but their effectiveness in curid Covid-19 remains under review through studies."