Recently, CIVDAC went viral with their claims on social media that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.
Find out why it has gone viral, and what the FACTS currently are!
CIVDAC : Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19!
CIVDAC – COALITION on INTEGRITY of VACCINES & DRUGS AGAINST COVID-19 – recently went viral when they shared a statement on social media claiming that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.
Take a look at what people have been sharing on WhatsApp and Facebook, or scroll down to a fact check of their claims.
Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19? Not So Fast!
Back in January 2021, we had already fact-checked claims that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.
At that time, there was a small promising study that showed Ivermectin may reduce the severity of COVID-19, but not cure or prevent it.
However, nothing much has changed since then. There has been no large scale study that proves that Ivermectin can cure, or prevent COVID-19.
Let’s debunk CIVDAC’s preposterous claims about Ivermectin :
Fact #1 : mRNA Vaccines Are Not Gene Therapy
The mRNA vaccine technology used in the Pfizer mRNA vaccine is NOT gene therapy.
Because it uses mRNA which doesn’t even enter the cell nucleus, it does not change our genes. It is certainly not gene therapy as CIVDAC claims.
So it is hilarious to see them quote a MedlinePlus article on gene therapy, when it is not even relevant.
Fact #2 : mRNA Vaccines Have Been Proven To Prevent COVID-19
It is false to claim that mRNA vaccines “cannot prevent COVID-19 infection”.
Phase 3 clinical trials of both mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have shown that they are 94-95% efficacious against symptomatic COVID-19.
You can download and read their FDA briefing documents here :
Fact #3 : No Evidence Ivermectin Works Against COVID-19
It is also false to claim that Ivermectin works against COVID-19, much less that it works better than mRNA vaccines.
While mRNA vaccines have been proven in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people, ivermectin has not been proven in the same way.
In fact, the evidence (as you will see below) is mixed. And the dosage required for a therapeutic effect may be so high, it could be toxic to humans.
Fact #4 : No Court Order Case Recovered From COVID-19 Using Ivermectin
CIVDAC claimed that there are numerous cases where families of critically-ill COVID-19 patients got court orders to administer ivermectin and “in all these cases, the patients recovered fully“.
The most notable case in the US involved Nurije Fype whose daughter Desareta sued Elmhurst Hospital to administer ivermectin. She finally received a court order to have a doctor administer ivermectin every day from 3 May 2021 onwards.
After 13 days of ivermectin treatment, her daughter reported on 17 May 2021 that she is still “recovering”. That certainly does not sound like she has fully recovered from COVID-19 using ivermectin.
A South African court order also forced the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to allow the use of Ivermectin against COVID-19.
However, there is no evidence that the use of ivermectin in South Africa through this court order resulted in a full recovery from COVID-19.
What Do Health Authorities Say About Ivermectin Against COVID-19?
WHO On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19
On 31 March 2021, the WHO posted an advisory on Ivermectin, recommending that it be only used in clinical trials.
An independent, international panel of experts reviewed pooled data from 16 randomised controlled trials, and determined that the evidence on whether ivermectin reduced death and hospitalisation is of “very low certainty“.
Therefore, the panel cannot recommend the use of Ivermectin outside of clinical trials.
NIH On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19
The US NIH looked at using Ivermectin against COVID-19, noting that it was shown to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in cell cultures.
However, they also pointed out that the plasma concentrations needed to inhibit the virus would require doses up to 100X higher than those approved for use in humans!
Therefore, the NIH says that there is insufficient data to recommend for the use of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.
FDA On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19
On 5 March 2021, the US FDA warned against taking Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, after receiving “multiple reports of patients who… had been hospitalised after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses“.
They pointed out that ivermectin can interfere with other medications like blood thinners, and an overdose can cause medical problems, even coma and death.
They also warned people that ivermectin meant for animals are highly concentrated and have vastly different doses than those meant for humans. Taking them can put your lives at risk.
EMA On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19
On 22 March 2021, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) advised against the use of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 outside of randomised clinical trials.
They pointed out that the clinical studies of ivermectin so far were varied, with “some studies showing no benefit and others reporting a potential benefit”.
They also pointed out that for concentrations of ivermectin to be effective in the lungs, much higher doses than authorised would be needed. Hence, toxicity at such doses cannot be excluded.
KKM On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19
On 16 May 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) issued a response to claims that Ivermectin can prevent COVID-19 deaths.
They pointed out that a January 2021 placebo-controlled randomised trial involving 24 non-severe COVID-19 patients did not show any reduction in the proportion of PCR positivity after 7 days of taking 400 mcg/kg of Ivermectin per day.
They also shared that in March 2021, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) published a randomised-controlled trial involving 476 adults with mild COVID-19 who were given a 5-day course of Ivermectin. There was no significant improvement in symptom resolution time.
They have initiated a randomised clinical trial (NMRR-21-155-58433) of their own to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Ivermectin in high-risk COVID-19 patients.
But until then, KKM is “not yet able to endorse Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 illness”.
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