RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the same Brazil where a task force was organized to ensure that there was no shortage of chloroquine for the early treatment of patients with the novel coronavirus, even before the drug had its efficacy proven, there is a shortage of drugs to sedate and intubate the most critical Covid-19 patients in ICUs. For weeks, municipal and state Health Secretariats have been raising this demand to the Ministry of Health.

They submitted a list of 21 drugs included in their protocols that mayors and governors have been unable to purchase. A more effective response . . .

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