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Fact Check : Pfizer Is Making Ivermectin Copy For COVID-19?

Is Pfizer Making Copy Of Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Is Pfizer making a copy of ivermectin that they can patent as a drug to treat COVID-19?

Take a look at this viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Pfizer Is Making Copy Of Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19!

People are sharing this claim and a Twitter post by Pfizer on WhatsApp… AGAIN, after fake news circulated that Pfizer bought ivermectin factories.

Ivermectin by Pfizer is coming. They know it works. So they have to create a copy to make $. So blatantly obvious who had been censoring this drug. Read the comments.

 

Fact : Pfizer Is NOT Making Copy Of Ivermectin Copy To Treat COVID-19!

Like 99% of the viral news on ivermectin, this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Pfizer Is Not Making A Copy Of Ivermectin

Anyone who clicks on the link in the Pfizer tweet will quickly realise that Pfizer is not making a copy of ivermectin at all.

But the fake news creator is counting on the fact that most people don’t bother to read beyond the viral message, or fact check before sharing.

It is now being recirculated to back up the fake claims that Pfizer bought up ivermectin factories.

Read more : Did Pfizer Buy Up All Production Facilities For Ivermectin?

Fact #2 : Pfizer Is Making Two Protease Inhibitors

Pfizer scientists are working on two SARS-CoV-2 protease inhibitors :

  • PF-07321332, which is orally administered, and
  • PF-07304814, which is intravenously-administered.

They are both not related to ivermectin, which is an anti-parasitic drug derived from the Streptomyces avermitilis bacteria.

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Works Differently From Protease Inhibitors

Ivermectin works differently from protease inhibitors.

Ivermectin works by binding to, and opening, the glutamate-gated chloride channels of nerve and muscle cells, increasing the flow of chloride ions that paralyses the affected tissue.

The Pfizer protease inhibitors work by binding to proteolytic enzymes used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to replicate. This prevents the virus from replicating in the infected cells, stopping the infection and preventing transmission.

Fact #4 : There Is No Censorship Of Ivermectin

There isn’t any censorship of ivermectin, which is why fake news on ivermectin has been allowed to proliferate on social media.

Not a day goes by when I do not see fake news on ivermectin being shared on Facebook or WhatsApp or Telegram.

Does that look like censorship to you? Or a sad lack of censorship and common sense?

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #6 : New Drugs Require Approval

It doesn’t make sense for Pfizer to make a patentable copy of ivermectin. Unless it is significantly better than ivermectin, no one will buy their patented copy of ivermectin.

It would also require considerable resources for them to get the new “ivermectin copy” tested and approved.

If ivermectin really works, it would be better for Pfizer to simply produce ivermectin. After all, they no longer need to pay Merck for the patent!

Now, do you see why this is just ridiculously stupid fake news?

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Ivermectin FAQ For Prevention / Treatment Of COVID-19?

People are sharing an FAQ on how to use ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Find out if this ivermectin FAQ is trustworthy!

 

Ivermectin FAQ For Prevention / Treatment Of COVID-19?

This is the Ivermectin FAQ for the Prevention / Prophylaxis of COVID-19 that is being shared on social media and WhatsApp.

It is a bit long and full of misleading links (which we removed), so skip to the next section for the FACTS.

Prevention/ Prophylaxis

Adults: ONE 12mg dose every WEEK after food.
Children > 6 years old, dose/weight (0.2 mg/kg per dose*). Eg 15kg=3mg dose

Treatment

Day 1, Day 2 Take TWICE a day. Day 3,4,5 Take Once a day. (Refer Table)

Adults Take 12mg Ivermectin per dose.
Children > 6 years old, dose/weight (0.2 mg/kg per dose*). Eg 15kg=3mg dose

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6-11 Day 12
Morning Morning Morning Morning Morning STOP Resume ONE cap
every week
Evening Evening

Consider also 6 in 1 booster capsule daily to boost body immunity & Health

 

Ivermectin FAQ For COVID-19 : A Recipe For Disaster!

Here is the truth – this ivermectin FAQ is a recipe for disaster, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : No One Knows Who Wrote It

Who came up with this ivermectin FAQ? It’s unsigned and unattributed to any health authority or person.

For certain, it was not written by any major health authority like the WHO, US CDC, US FDA, Public Health England, European Medicines Agency (EMA), TGA Australia, etc.

Would YOU risk your life, or the lives of your family, on the unsolicited advice of an unknown person shared on social media?

Fact #2 : Ivermectin Should Be Taken On Empty Stomach

Right off the bat, the FAQ is already wrong – ivermectin should be taken before food, not after food.

In fact, it’s best not to eat any food for two hours before or after taking ivermectin, for optimal absorption.

Can you trust “medical advice” that cannot even get this simple point correct?

Fact #3 : Protocol Different From Others

This ivermectin protocol is quite different from the one promoted by the loudest and largest pro-Ivermectin group out there – FLCCC.

It is even different from individual ivermectin protocols from pro-ivermectin doctors like Dr. Amir Farid.

Would YOU risk your life, or the lives of your family, on an ivermectin protocol that isn’t even the same as those promoted by ivermectin’s most vocal proponents?

At least if the FLCCC or Dr. Amir Farid’s Ivermectin protocol causes any health concerns, you know who to blame. Who should you blame for following this FAQ?

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Protocol Not Based On Any Study

Medicine doses are calibrated for safety and efficacy though clinical studies.

Currently, no clinical studies have proven that ivermectin works against COVID-19, so we really don’t have any idea what dose or protocol actually works!

The ivermectin protocol in that FAQ is simply made up, with no basis in science. We don’t even know who made it up!

Would YOU risk your life, or the lives of your family, on an ivermectin protocol that has not been backed by any clinical study???

Fact #6 : You Can Get Reinfected Lifelong

The Ivermectin FAQ claims that you are at risk of reinfection by COVID-19 within the next one year. That’s categorically untrue.

Natural immunity to COVID-19 infections is spotty. Four large studies in the US, US and Denmark estimate that :

  • 80%-90% protection from reinfection up to 7 months
  • 50% protection from reinfection in people who are over 65 years old

As long as COVID-19 is prevalent, COVID-19 survivors will be at risk of reinfection. Not just within the next one year, but for as long as there is COVID-19.

That’s why it is recommended to get vaccinated after a COVID-19 infection.

Fact #7 : Ivermectin Not Recommended For Pregnant / Breastfeeding / Children

The ivermectin FAQ claims that ivermectin can be used “used safely in pregnant women, children, and infants“. That’s not true.

Ivermectin is a Pregnancy Category C drug, which has been shown to cause birth defects in mice, rates and rabbits.

Therefore, ivermectin should NOT be used during pregnancy, as its safety in human pregnancy has not been established.

Ivermectin is also excreted in human milk in low concentrations. Therefore, it should not be given to nursing mothers unless the risk of delaying treatment outweighs the possible risk to the newborn.

Finally, ivermectin has not been tested on paediatric patients younger than 6 years old, or weighing less than 15 kg. Therefore, it should NOT be used in children younger than 6 years of age, and certainly not be given to infants.

 

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Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

Advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is circulating on WhatsApp.

Let’s take a look at his advice, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid

This ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid has been circulating on WhatsApp, teaching people how to take ivermectin to prevent and cure COVID-19.

It is rather long, so SKIP to the next section for the FACTS.

IVERMECTIN DOSE & PROTOCOL.
By Dr Amir Farid

(For best absorption, take AFTER FOOD)
Ivermectin is Best as PREVENTION. Can reduce infection by 86%.

Take 12mg/every week, (adult 50kg and above) even after vaccination (because many still get infected, some die, after completing vaccination) until COVID new cases are low.

(If weight is 90 kg or above, take every 5 days instead of weekly)

 

Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

This advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is misleading and dangerous, and here are the FACTS why…

Fact #1 : Ivermectin Not Approved For Human Use In Malaysia

Ivermectin is not approved for human use in Malaysia, only animal use. It is also not approved for use against COVID-19.

However, hospitals can apply for the off-label use of ivermectin, which must be done in a monitored environment.

So it is WRONG for any doctor or medical specialist to advice people to self-medicate with ivermectin, more so using an unapproved protocol.

Read more : Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Sale Of Illegal Ivermectin Punishable By Fine And/Or Jail

People selling illegal ivermectin in Malaysia are subject to these penalties :

  • Individuals : Up to RM25,000 and/or 3 years of prison for the first offence, and up to RM50,000 and/or 5 years of prison for subsequent offences
  • Companies : Up to RM50,000 for the first offence, and up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences.

Read more : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Should Be Taken Before Food

Dr. Amir Farid doesn’t seem to know that ivermectin should be taken on an empty stomach!

In fact, it’s best not to eat any food for two hours before or after taking ivermectin, for optimal absorption.

Instead, he is advising people to do the opposite. Can you really trust him to know what he’s talking about?

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol Not FLCCC Compliant

The main group pushing ivermectin is FLCCC, and Dr. Amir Farid has spoken up in favour of the FLCCC.

However, the ivermectin dose + protocol that he is recommending has NOTHING to do with the FLCCC ivermectin protocol.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just once a month to prevent COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take it once a week.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just twice after getting infected with COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take one to two tablets for 5-7 days.

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol NOT Based On Any Study

Medicine doses are calibrated for safety and efficacy though clinical studies.

However, Dr. Amir Farid’s recommended ivermectin dose and protocol does not appear to be based on any study.

It is not even based on the FLCCC ivermectin protocol, which itself isn’t based on any study either.

So it is unknown why Dr. Amir Farid believes his ivermectin dose and protocol works. There is certainly no proof of it working.

Fact #6 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #7 : Dr. Amir Farid Raided For Prescribing Ivermectin

On 16 June 2021, Dr. Amir Farid’s clinic was raided for supplying ivermectin to patients, “falsely claiming that it can prevent COVID-19“.

Dr. Amir Farid confirmed the raid by the Malaysia Health Ministry, but declined to provide further details.

Fact #8 : Dr. Amir Farid Made False Claims In MAECC Briefing

Dr. Amir Farid was part of the first MAECC briefing on ivermectin, where he made several false claims :

  • Malaysia can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic “in a matter of weeks” if ivermectin is used (false)
  • doctors swore the Hippocratic oath and must be compliant with the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration (false)
  • it is unethical to insist on more clinical trials to investigate the efficacy of ivermectin (false)

Read more : MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

Fact #9 : People Have Overdosed On Ivermectin

Self-medicating with ivermectin can lead to overdosing because the tablets available in most countries, including Malaysia, are formulated for animal use.

In February 2021, the Missouri Poison Center even issued a warning :

There have been reports of intentional ivermectin overdoses which can cause serious symptoms such as seizures, coma, lung and heart problems.

Fact #10 : Not Safe To Buy Ivermectin Online

Due to the hype in ivermectin, scammers are pushing online sales of ivermectin at ridiculous prices, like the Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!.

A single strip usually costs just US$0.30 (RM1.20), but is being sold for anywhere between US$9 to US$25 (RM35 to RM100).

Even worse – there is no way to know if you are actually purchasing ivermectin, or fake tablets labelled as ivermectin.

Those who purchase and consume ivermectin are putting themselves at risk.

So please advise your family and friends NOT to purchase ivermectin. They should instead protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated!

 

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Fact Check : LifeSiteNews Promotion Of Ivermectin + FLCCC

LifeSiteNews is promoting ivermectin and the FLCCC, claiming that it has “proved to be incredibly effective at both preventing and treating COVID-19“.

Let’s go through LifeSiteNews’ claims on ivermectin and FLCCC, and see what the FACTS really are!

 

LifeSiteNews Promotes Ivermectin + FLCCC

The Catholic anti-abortion website, LifeSiteNews, recently promoted ivermectin and the 5-man FLCCC team that created the ivermectin protocol against COVID-19.

The author, Michael Haynes, even suggested that ivermectin “may well have saved” President Trump’s life“, but “has been subject to widespread suppression and misinformation” to “promote financial revenue over saving lives“.

 

Fact Check : LifeSiteNews Promotion Of Ivermectin + FLCCC

LifeSiteNews is a well-known purveyor of fake news, so it’s not surprising to see them post fake news on ivermectin and the FLCCC.

Let’s go through the various claims LifeSiteNews made about ivermectin and the FLCCC, and find out what the FACTS really are…

Claim #1 : FLCCC Discovered COVID-19 Causes Inflammation + Blood Clots
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that the FLCCC team “realized in March 2020” that COVID-19 causes “organ inflammation and blood clotting“, and they then developed their MATH+ protocol.

The truth is Chinese scientists had long noted that inflammatory response and coagulopathy in COVID-19 patients.

Case in point – this 11 March 2020 study published in the Lancet by Chinese scientists showed that :

  • 50% of people who died from COVID-19 had coagulopathy.
  • 90% of inpatients with COVID-19 pneumonia had coagulopathy.

They also suggested that the coagulopathy was caused by :

  • systemic pro-inflammatory cytokine responses
  • ACE2 receptors on myocytes and vascular endothelial cells

This multi-centre cohort study was carried out in Wuhan, during the early days of COVID-19 – in January 2020.

Did the FLCCC publish any paper to document and prove their “realisation” in March 2020? No.

Claim #2 : MATH+ Protocol Made Global Standard Of Hospital Care
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews quoted Michael Capuzzo, who claimed that the MATH+ protocol developed by FLCCC was made the “global standard of hospital care“. That’s not true.

On 2 September 2020, the WHO strongly recommended the use of systemic corticosteroids in patients with severe and critical COVID-19, but recommended against using systemic corticosteroids in non-severe COVID-19.

The MATH+ protocol is made up of Methylprednisolone, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamine (Vitamin B1) and Heparin.

Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid and is thus part of the global standard of hospital care for COVID-19.

However, the rest of the MATH+ protocol is NOT part of the global standard of hospital care.

Claim #3 : MATH+ Protocol Proven By Latest Studies
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews quoted Michael Capuzzo, who claimed that the MATH+ protocol was recommended against by health bodies throughout the world but subsequently made global standard of hospital care, “courtesy of later studies“.

The truth is the use of corticosteroids to treat the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) seen in COVID-19 was born out of experience with the SARS epidemic in 2002 and 2003.

So when COVID-19 hit at the end of 2019, Chinese doctors immediately tried to use corticosteroids to treat their patients.

If you look at the 11 March 2020 Chinese study, you can see that the Chinese already succeeded in using corticosteroids in January 2020!

On top of that, the RECOVERY trial tested eight existing drugs in March 2020, including dexamethasone – a corticosteroid.

By June 2020, researchers were able to confirm that corticosteroids like dexamethasone can reduce mortality in severe and critical COVID-19.

The FLCCC did not run a single clinical trial to prove that the MATH+ protocol works better than just corticosteroids against COVID-19.

Claim #4 : MATH+ Protocol Hailed As Eminently Successful
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that the MATH+ protocol was “hailed as eminently successful” and the FLCCC doctors were fast becoming “heroes of the pandemic”.

The truth is – the FLCCC had nothing to do with the success of corticosteroids in treating COVID-19.

The Chinese discovered the efficacy of corticosteroids in treating ARDS in SARS-CoV-1 – which is closely related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

As early as March 2020, they showed that corticosteroids were effective in improving outcomes for COVID-19 patients. This was confirmed by the RECOVERY trial by June 2020.

That’s why the FLCCC is not being feted. They had NOTHING to do with the discovery of corticosteroids as a treatment for COVID-19.

Claim #4 : Ivermectin Proven To Work
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews wrote about how Dr. Kory from the FLCCC testified before the US Senate Homeland Security Committee in December 2020 that “ivermectin basically obliterates transmission of this virus” and that “if you take it, you will not get sick“.

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Claim #6 : Ivermectin Worked In Peru + India
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that “thousands, even millions, were given the drug, with COVID cases and deaths plummeting as a result“.

As these latest COVID-19 charts show, that is simply NOT TRUE. Both countries continue to suffer badly from COVID-19.

Despite the use of ivermectin, India suffered a massive and disastrous wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths from March 2021 onwards. That’s why India stopped using ivermectin on 27 March 2021.

Read more : India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

Claim #7 : Only New Pharmaceutical Drugs Will Be Approved
Verdict : FALSE

Michael Capuzzo claimed that “the only thing that’s considered to have sufficient evidence or proven efficacy is essentially a big new pharmaceutical drug”. That’s also FALSE.

As I pointed out above, corticosteroids which are patent-free and very cheap, were recommended as a global standard of care by the WHO on 2 September 2020.

I should also point out that the FLCCC ivermectin protocol not only uses VERY LITTLE ivermectin, it requires you to consume 5-6 pills every day, at great cost.

Read more : Is Ivermectin Prophylaxis Cheap? Here Is What It Really Costs!
Read more : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

Prophylaxis US Price
FLACC I-MASK+ Protocol $1.03 per day
$31 per month
$375 per year
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39

Claim #8 : President Trump Was Given Ivermectin
Verdict : FALSE

Michael Capuzzo also claimed that former President Trump was given ivermectin, which “may well have saved the president’s life“.

LifeSite co-founder and president Steve Jalsevac suggested that Capuzzo’s claims could indeed be true, even though Capuzzo provided no reference for his claim.

The treatment that former President Trump received when he was infected with COVID-19 did NOT include ivermectin :

  • Dexamethasone
  • Remdesivir
  • Regeneron REGN-COV2 monoclonal antibodies
  • Zinc
  • Pepcid – an antacid
  • Aspirin
  • Vitamin D
  • Melatonin

 

FLCCC Ivermectin Lies : A Sin In Christianity

LifeSiteNews is well-known purveyor of fake news, and devout Christians should be wary about the lies they tell.

As LifeSiteNews is a faith-based Catholic publication, whose many readers and fans are devout Christians, it would be remiss of me not to remind everyone that…

LYING IN A SIN IN CHRISTIANITY

One of the Ten Commandments state that “thou shalt not beat false witness against thy neighbour“.

And the Bible has many verses on lying :

Proverbs 6:17-19 – Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 12:22 – The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 25:1 – Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

Peter 3:10 – Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

 

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Why Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy?

Many people have asked me to explain WHY delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine INCREASES its efficacy.

It sure is a very odd phenomenon, when you think about it!

 

Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy

Let me start by confirming that yes, delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine INCREASES its efficacy.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was originally designed with a 21-day interval between Dose 1 and Dose 2.

However, this Lancet study showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy increased with longer delays between Dose 1 and Dose 2!

I summarised their findings into this table, to show you how the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy changes with the dose interval.

Dose 1 to Dose 2
Interval
Efficacy Difference Efficacy Range
< 6 Weeks 55.1% Baseline 33.0% to 69.9%
6 – 8 Weeks 59.9% +8.7% 32.0% to 76.4%
9 – 11 Weeks 63.7% +15.6% 28.0% to 81.7%
≥ 12 Weeks 81.3% +47.5% 60.3% to 91.2%

Doubling the dose interval from the standard 3-4 weeks increased its efficacy by 8.7% – a small but significant improvement.

The greatest benefits came from even longer dose intervals :

  • 9 to 11 week dose interval : + 15.6% increase in efficacy
  • 12 week dose interval or longer : +47.5% increase in efficacy!

That’s why health authorities changed their guidelines to give the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine 12 weeks later, instead of 3 weeks.

 

Why Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy?

Many people have asked me to explain WHY delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine INCREASES its efficacy.

When you think about it – it sure is a peculiar, and rather illogical, phenomenon, isn’t it?

Frankly speaking, no one knows WHY this is the case, and it will be some time before anyone can prove the mechanism of action behind this phenomenon.

Therefore, I can only offer my hypothesis based on what I read in the many AstraZeneca studies.

Vaccines Are Training Camps

First, we must understand that COVID-19 vaccines are just training camps that teach our own immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

COVID-19 vaccines basically show our immune system what the SARS-CoV-2 virus (or a key part of it, like the famous spike protein) looks like.

Our immune system identifies it as a “foreign enemy” and learns how to make antibodies against it. These antibodies provide some protection against a real SARS-CoV-2 virus attack.

And when a real attack does come, our immune system, which now recognises SARS-CoV-2, can quickly produce even more antibodies to defeat the coronavirus.

First Dose Offers 3 Months Protection?

The same Lancet study also showed that the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine consistently offers good protection for the first 3 months.

Basically, our immune system remembers the lesson taught by the “first class” (first dose) very well for 3 months.

Time After 1 Dose Efficacy Efficacy Range
22 to 30 days 76.7% 47.0% to 89.8%
31 to 60 days 72.8% 32.9% to 89.0%
22 to 90 days 76.0% 59.3% to 85.9%
61 to 90 days 78.3% 36.4% to 92.6%
91 to 120 days 31.6% -141.8% to 80.7%

So here is my hypothesis.

Since our immune system remembers the lesson from the first dose so well in the first 3 months, it does not benefit much from an early refresher course – the second dose.

A refresher course is important – it reminds our immune system that COVID-19 is a recurrent threat that must be taken seriously, and kicks our memory B-cells out of hibernation.

But as you may recall from your college days – a refresher class a month after the class really isn’t as effective as a refresher class just before the term exam!

And that, I believe, is possibly the reason why a longer dose interval increases the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy – an actual “refresher class” is far more useful to our immune system than a “repeat class”.

A new preprint paper in the Lancet appears to back-up the evidence that longer dose intervals improve the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy.

It showed that longer dose intervals like 15-25 weeks and even 44-45 weeks were associated with higher antibody response when Dose 2 is administered!

 

Should We Keep Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 For More Efficacy?

Now, it is true that the evidence shows that delaying the second dose of AstraZeneca improves its efficacy.

However, and this is very important, we have to balance that against the RISK of getting infected by COVID-19 while we delay taking Dose 2.

The Delta variant, for example, is proving to be particularly problematic. A single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine does not provide good protection against it.

COVID-19
Variant
Symptomatic
COVID-19
Hospitalisation
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 66% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 33% 60% 71% 92%

Therefore, we cannot keep delaying the second dose of AstraZeneca in hopes of getting better and better efficacy.

The increased efficacy from waiting will be pointless if you get infected before getting that second dose!

That is why many health authorities are now shortening, or planning to shorten, the dose interval for AstraZeneca – sacrificing some efficacy to gain more protection against the Delta variant earlier.

As I detailed in my earlier article – AstraZeneca Vaccine : Accept Or Delay 9 Week Dose Interval? – there really are no simple answers…

 

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Is Ivermectin Prophylaxis Cheap? Here Is What It Really Costs!

Is ivermectin prophylaxis against COVID-19 really cheap, as its proponents claim?

Take a look at the ivermectin prophylaxis protocol that FLCCC is advocating, and find out what it really costs!

 

FLCCC Ivermectin Prophylaxis Against COVID-19

Dr. Paul E. Marik of the FLCCC is advocating that health authorities use his I-MASK+ protocol to prevent and treat COVID-19.

For prevention of COVID-19, Dr. Paul Marik is recommending that we take these medication :

  • Ivermectin : 0.2 mg/kg on day 1, day 3 and then every 4 weeks
  • Vitamin D3 : 1,000 to 3,000 IU every day
  • Vitamin C : 2,000 mg every day
  • Quercetin : 250 mg every day
  • Zinc : 50 mg every day
  • Melatonin : 6 mg every night

For early treatment of COVID-19, the doses go way up :

  • Ivermectin : 0.2 mg/kg on day 1 and day 3
  • Vitamin D3 : 4,000 IU every day
  • Vitamin C : 4,000 to 6,000 mg every day
  • Quercetin : 500 mg every day
  • Zinc : 100 mg every day
  • Melatonin : 10 mg every night
  • Aspirin : 325 mg every day

The standard dose of ivermectin is 0.2 mg/kg, so that is not actually controversial. An adult of 60 kg would therefore require a dose of 12 mg of ivermectin.

Ivermectin Prophylaxis : How Cheap Is It?

Ivermectin proponents insist that its use is being suppressed because its patent ran out, and so Big Pharma does not benefit from its sale.

That is not really true, because all pharmaceutical companies that make ivermectin will make money off it. Even Merck, whose patent ran out in 1996, still makes money off ivermectin.

So let’s ignore the argument about patents. Let’s just look at the cost of the ivermectin prophylaxis protocol that FLCCC is promoting.

Ivermectin is not sold over the counter in many countries, as it is only used in animals. So it is often sold at inflated prices online.

Here is an example I found on Shopee earlier this month. A strip of 10 tablets cost RM150 (US$36). That’s RM15 (US$3.60) per 12 mg tablet.

There may also been reports that some doctors were illegally selling ivermectin at RM35 per tablet (US$8.45), and RM150 (US$36) per strip.

But the good news is FLCCC’s ivermectin prophylaxis actually uses very little ivermectin! You only take it once a month!

Recommended : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Then I took a look at the supplements Dr. Marik showcased in his video to work out their costs :

  • Nature Made Vitamin D3 (1,000 IU, 300 softgels) : US$10.29
  • Nature Made Vitamin C (500 mg, 150 tablets) : US$11.66 (up&up brand not available)
  • Vital Quercetin (250 mg, 100 capsules) : US$29.10
  • Windmill Zinc Sulphate (50 mg, 90 tablets) : US$7.45
  • Now Foods Melatonin (3 mg, 180 capsules) : US$9.92

Based on those prices, here is my comparison of the COST of the I-MASK+ prophylaxis protocol versus a selection of COVID-19 vaccines :

Prophylaxis US Price
FLACC I-MASK+ $1.03 per day
$31 per month
$375 per year
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39

As you can see, the ivermectin prophylaxis that FLCCC is promoting costs more than COVID-19 vaccines after just 1 month!

So it really doesn’t make financial sense to choose the FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis over COVID-19 vaccines.

In fact, the table above shows that it is not the pharmaceutical companies making the big bucks through vaccines, but the SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY making big bucks from the FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis!

There is no doubt that the FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis is ridiculously expensive, and only serves to line the pockets of the supplement industry.

 

Ivermectin Prophylaxis : Other Issues…

There are other issues with the ivermectin prophylaxis that FLCCC and their supporters are advocating.

Taking Pills Every Day…

The FLCCC calls for people to take ivermectin like a monthly supplement, together with large amounts of vitamin D3, vitamin C and other supplements every single day!

And for how long does FLCCC expect people to pop these pills? Until the pandemic is over? That could be months!

How long do you think people can keep up with the daily regime of popping 5 to 6 pills? What if they forget?

It would be far EASIER for people to simply get vaccinated. Most COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, but some require only one dose.

Would you prefer to just get one or two injections, or consume 5 to 6 pills every single day, until the pandemic is over?

Ivermectin Not Proven To Prevent COVID-19…

The biggest problem with the ivermectin prophylaxis that FLCCC is advocating is that – it hasn’t actually been proven to prevent COVID-19.

The latest Lancet study on high-dose ivermectintriple of what FLCCC is advocating – showed no difference in clinical outcomes!

This February 2021 study that was also published in The Lancet showed that ivermectin did NOT reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Even more troubling – neither Dr. Marik nor the FLCCC has actually run any clinical trial to test and confirm the efficacy of their ivermectin prophylaxis protocol!

FLCCC Uses Very Little Ivermectin…

What’s even more surprising is how little ivermectin FLCCC is actually using in their ivermectin prophylaxis against COVID-19.

They are not only using the standard ivermectin dose, it is only taken once every 4 weeks! Even if you were exposed, you only take ivermectin for two days!

The bulk of their ivermectin prophylaxis protocol involves eating lots of supplements on a daily basis.

If ivermectin really works against COVID-19, why is it used so little in the FLCCC ivermectin protocol?

 

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Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

The latest study on the effectiveness of Ivermectin on COVID-19 was just published in The Lancet.

Take a look at what it really said about how effective Ivermectin is in treating COVID-19!

 

Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study On The Lancet

Alejandro Krolewiecki et. al. just published a research paper in The Lancet called “Antiviral effect of high-dose ivermectin in adults with COVID-19: A proof-of-concept randomized trial“.

It is being heralded as more evidence that ivermectin works against COVID-19.

Let’s take a closer look at this study, and find out what it REALLY says about ivermectin and COVID-19…

 

Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

For those who want a simple TLDR summary of this ivermectin study :

  • This was a small pilot study of just 45 patients who were hospitalised with COVID-19.
  • It provided additional evidence that high-dose ivermectin of up to 600 µg/kg of ivermectin for 5 days is safe.
  • Patients responded differently to high-dose ivermectin – about half had low plasma levels, and the other half had high plasma levels.
  • Low plasma levels of ivermectin showed no ability to reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load
  • High plasma levels of ivermectin can reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load at a higher rate.
  • High-dose IVM did not improve clinical symptoms, signs or laboratory parameters.
  • High-dose IVM did not improve clinical outcomes at Day 7 and Day 30.

This study provided some in-vivo evidence to back up earlier in-vitro (in the lab) studies that showed ivermectin inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 in African green monkey kidney cells.

While the study authors believe that the results warrant further research, it is really another nail in the coffin for ivermectin’s efficacy against COVID-19.

Despite tripling the standard dose and using it for 5 doses (instead of a single dose), there was NO IMPROVEMENT in the symptoms or outcome of any of the patient in this study.

Even though the study is small, it helps to confirm that ivermectin’s antiviral property is dependent on plasma level (not dose), and that it appears to be safe when taken as a triple dose for 5 days.

For those who want more details, here is a summary of the Krolewiecki et. al. study on using high-dose ivermectin in adults with COVID-19 :

Purpose Of This Study

  • To evaluate the antiviral activity of high-dose ivermectin
  • To evaluate the safety profile of high-dose ivermectin
  • To evaluate the potential clinical utility of ivermectin in COVID-19
  • To evaluate the relationship between IVM plasma concentration and COVID-19 viral load

Study Design

  • Pilot study of 45 participants, recruited between 18 May and 9 September, 2020.
  • Patients were between 18 and 69 years of age, and had RT-PCR confirmed COVID-19.
  • Patients were hospitalised but did not require intensive care.
  • Patients had up to 5 days of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Patients did not use any other drugs with potential activity against COVID-19, like immunomodulators, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, remdesivir and azithromycin.
  • The trial was randomised, but not blinded to both patients or the team treating them.

Ivermectin Dose

  • Patients in the IVM group received 600 µg/kg of ivermectin for 5 days.
  • Available data on ivermectin showed that 600 µg/kg is safe when taken for up to 3 days.

Note : Standard treatment for strongyloidiasis or onchocerciasis is a single dose of ivermectin at 200 µg/kg.

Study Results

  • The high-dose, multi-day ivermectin treatment was well-tolerated, with grade 1 and grade 2 side effects. The most common side effect was rashes of up to 24 hours (10%).
  • Overall, there was NO difference in viral load between the control group and the IVM group.

  • Patients who received high-dose ivermectin had different plasma levels
    – 11 out of 20 (55%) had less than 160 ng/mL
    – 9 out of 20 (45%) had over 160 ng/mL
  • Patients with lower IVM plasma level (<160 ng/mL) had slightly lower viral load reduction than the control group.
  • Only patients with higher IVM plasma level (>160 ng/mL) had a “statistically significant” higher viral load reduction than the control group.

  • This is arguably the most significant finding in this study – patients with higher IVM plasma level (>160 ng/mL) showed significantly higher viral decay rate.

  • There were no differences in clinical symptoms, signs or laboratory parameters between the control and IVM groups.
  • There was no significant difference in clinical outcomes at Day 7 and Day 30 between the control and IVM groups.

 

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