State leaders still look to proceed with a deal to buy up 200-thousand doses of a malaria medication. 

The plan from the Utah Department of Health would distribute hydroxychloroquine to pharmacies across the state, allowing patients to access the medication for free to treat COVID-19. 

However, a recent study involving Veterans Affairs patients showed those who took the drug had higher rates of death than those who did not, and there was no apparent benefits from the treatment. 

UDOH officials say ongoing clinical trials could give a more definitive result.

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