Novel coronavirus (69) Coronavirus and chloroquine

1 March, 2020

Dear Neil,

Thank you for all the valuable updates.

A former Chitambo District Medical Officer alerted me to the suggestion that chloroquine is being considered as a possible treatment for coronavirus. Is there any truth in this and could it be a factor in the apparent lack of spread amongst Saharan Africans? Are current antimalarials chloraquine based?

I saw this information on PubMed, so presumably it is a serious proposition?

Thank you


Dr. Jo Vallis, Chair

FRIENDS OF CHITAMBO SCIO, Registered Charity No. SC044337

_Working Towards a Healthier Chitambo District_

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HIFA profile: Jo Vallis is a Medical Sociologist with a general and paediatric nurse/nurse teaching background. She is Chair of Scottish registered charity, Friends of Chitambo SCIO, which supports health projects in Chitambo District, central Zambia: web address:;

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She is Project Lead for a Scottish Government funded project on ‘Strengthening emergency care communications in Chitambo District, central Zambia’, now in its 3rd 2-year funding round.

Jo recently retired from her post as Research Officer within NHS Education for Scotland (NES), in order to continue the work with Chitambo in a voluntary capacity.

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