Is the EU planning to cancel COVID-19 vaccination in October, after approving FIVE therapies for the coronavirus?
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Is EU Cancelling COVID-19 Vaccination In October 2021?
This article has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the EU (European Union) is going to cancel COVID-19 vaccination in October, after approving FIVE therapies for the coronavirus!
It also claims that ivermectin has been scientifically recognised as an effective treatment and prophylaxis of COVID-19 by the Pasteur Institute.
It’s a long article, so just skip to the next section for the facts!
Truth : EU Is NOT Cancelling COVID-19 Vaccination At All!
This is yet another FAKE STORY written by anti-vaxxers in their bid to discourage people from protecting themselves with the COVID-19 vaccines.
Here are the FACTS…
Fact #1 : The EU Press Release Is Available In English
It is instructive to note that the fake article offers a link to the EU press release in French, even though there is an English version.
Whoever wrote the fake article intentionally gave you the French press release, so you won’t be able to read it and discover that it’s just fake news.
Fact #2 : They Are Potential Treatments For COVID-19
If you read the EU press release in English, you will realise that what the viral article claimed is COMPLETELY FALSE.
Published on 29 June 2021, the press release only announced that the EU had identified the first five therapeutics that have “a high potential” to be approved later.
Nowhere in the press release was it stated that ANY of the five therapeutics was even approved.
Fact #3 : The EU Has Not Approved Them
The EU press release stated that these five therapeutics had a high potential to be among the three new COVID-19 therapeutics to receive authorisation by October 2021
- the immunosuppressant, baricitinib
- the monoclonal antibody combination of bamlanivimab and etesevimab
- the monoclonal antibody combination of casirivimab and imdevimab
- the monoclonal antibody, regdanvimab
- the monoclonal antibody, sotrovimab
However, the EU has NOT approved any of those five therapeutics for use against COVID-19, of 24 September 2021.
There was no “decree of the European Council” that approved any of these therapeutics, and that’s not how treatments are approved in Europe.
So the five therapeutics above are unlikely to be in use in October 2021, contrary to what the fake article claimed.
Fact #4 : Approval Does Not Mean Obligation
Even if any of those five therapeutics are eventually approved by the EU for use against COVID-19, there is NO OBLIGATION to administer them.
It is left to the treating doctor to decide whether to prescribe it to the patient, or not. The patient can, of course, choose to accept or refuse the treatment.
Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Will Remain In Use
Even if new treatments can be found for COVID-19, vaccines will remain in use as the first line of defence.
That’s because they PREVENT people from getting COVID-19, thereby negating the need for hospitalisation and treatment.
Therapeutics are also MORE expensive than vaccines, even without accounting for the manpower (doctors and nurses) and hospitalisation costs!
COVID-19 vaccines will remain in use in the European Union, irrespective of how many COVID-19 treatments are eventually approved.
Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are NOT Experimental
Once the COVID-19 vaccines successfully completed their clinical trials and received their EUA, they were NO LONGER EXPERIMENTAL.
The conditions to receive the EUA is similar to that of a full approval. The only real difference is the post-study follow-up :
- EUA : At least half of the participants in the studies must be followed for at least two months after vaccination.
- Full FDA Approval : All of the participants in the studies must be followed for at least six months.
The EU has never called the COVID-19 vaccines “experimental and provisional”. That’s yet another lie in the fake story.
Fact #7 : Ivermectin Was NEVER Approved For Use Against COVID-19
The fake story claimed that ivermectin was just “re-approved”. That’s completely FALSE.
Ivermectin was NEVER approved by any major health authority, including the WHO, CDC, FDA, EMA or the TGA, for use against COVID-19. Never mind getting “re-approved”…
Fact #8 : Pasteur Institute Study Was Conducted On Hamsters!
However, the fake story creator shared a link to the French biography of a French antivaxxer – Dominique Rueff instead, to mislead you.
That’s because the Pasteur Institute study DID NOT actually recognise ivermectin as an effective drug against COVID-19 in humans…
- The study was conducted on hamsters, not humans
- Ivermectin reduced inflammation in the respiratory tract of hamsters, with reduced symptoms.
- Ivermectin reduced risk of loss of smell in hamsters.
- Ivermectin did NOT have any impact on the viral replication of SARS-CoV-2.
The chief author of the study, Guilherme Dias de Melo said, “Surprisingly, we observed that treatment with ivermectin did not reduce viral replication; the models that received treatment had similar quantities of viral load in the nasal cavity and the lungs as those that did not receive treatment. Our results reveal that ivermectin has an immunomodulatory effect rather than an antiviral effect.”
Therefore, the Guilherme said that, “these data provide crucial evidence to support clinical trials in humans“.
In other words, the Pasteur Institute is only advocating for clinical trials in humans, not the use of ivermectin against COVID-19 in humans.
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