I don’t know if Ivermectin is a useful drug or not.
I do know that it is the focus of ideologically-driven hostility, so I find India’s use of the drug interesting:
The state of Uttar Pradesh in India, which has the equivalent of two-thirds of the United States population, has been declared COVID-free, the state government announced last week.
“Overall, the state has a total of 199 active cases, while the positivity rate came down to less than 0.01 per cent. The recovery rate, meanwhile, has improved to 98.7 per cent,” Hindustan Times reported.
The answer is likely because of the government’s early use and distribution of ivermectin to its citizens.
From the Indian Express:
“Uttar Pradesh was the first state in the country to introduce large-scale prophylactic and therapeutic use of Ivermectin. In May-June 2020, a team at Agra, led by Dr. Anshul Pareek, administered Ivermectin to all RRT team members in the district on an experimental basis. It was observed that none of them developed Covid-19 despite being in daily contact with patients who had tested positive for the virus,” Uttar Pradesh State Surveillance Officer Vikssendu Agrawal said.
He added that based on the findings from Agra, the state government sanctioned the use of Ivermectin as a prophylactic for all the contacts of Covid patients and later cleared the administration of therapeutic doses for the treatment of such patients.
Claiming that timely introduction of Ivermectin since the first wave has helped the state maintain a relatively low positivity rate despite its high population density, he said, “Despite being the state with the largest population base and a high population density, we have maintained a relatively low positivity rate and cases per million of population.”
He said that apart from aggressive contact tracing and surveillance, the lower positivity and fatality rates may be attributed to the large-scale use of Ivermectin use in the state, adding that the drug has recently been introduced in the National Protocol for Covid treatment and management. “Once the second wave subsides, we would conduct our own study as there has been an emerging body of evidence to substantiate our timely use of Ivermectin from the first wave itself,” Vikasendu told The Indian Express.”
One would think the World Health Organization, Big Pharma, the mainstream media, and Dr. Anthony Fauci would be overjoyed by this development that ivermectin is undoubtedly saving lives.
But don’t count on them celebrating that, because that would hurt their bottom lines of profit and power from their experimental and ineffective vaccines.
It would be nice to conduct scientific research without the blare of media noisemakers. To weigh all the evidence & information, without having that evidence and information pre-filtered by Our Betters at YouTube, Facebook and Google.
That’s not going to happen. Too much money, power, and control is at stake.
So the laborious and time-consuming work of knitting together alternate information networks (note the plural) will have to be done. Slowly, and with mistakes and setbacks.
I expect that it will take many years — say, 2025, maybe even 2030 — before we get the free flow of news we had in 2016, before Trump’s style (not substance, just style) upset the Upper Classes.
In the meantime…
There is a demented war against Ivermectin – Andrew Kenny
But look at what the mainstream media have to say about Ivermectin! Rolling Stone magazine at the beginning of the month carried this sensational headline: “Gunshot victims left waiting as horse dewormer overdoses overwhelm Oklahoma hospitals, doctor says”. The idea was that the hospital was overrun with stupid people who had been taking too much Ivermectin. The story was a complete lie from beginning to end, 100% fake news. But this did not stop The Guardian from repeating it. According to our media, Ivermectin is a dangerous veterinary drug only taken by crackpots. Merck itself, which developed the drug and praised it heavily for thirty years, has now changed its mind, without giving good reason. Why the hysteria against Ivermectin?
Change of mind
The obvious conspiracy reason is that “Big Pharma” can make a fortune through the vaccines but not through Ivermectin. That probably explains Merck’s change of mind. It doesn’t explain the behaviour of the woke media establishment. The Guardian is seldom the champion of huge profits by “Big Pharma”. On the contrary, it could condemn “the obscene profits” capitalist drug companies make from human suffering. It seems that, somehow or another, the vaccines have become associated with the “progressive” or “left-wing” elite, and Ivermectin with the vulgar or “right-wing” rabble. The right likes a cheap drug that has saved millions of poor black people; the left regards it with derision and wants expensive vaccines developed under Donald Trump. Rather odd, but that’s the way it goes.
I have nothing against the drug companies making fat profits provided they do so in a free market. If they did so with a cure for dementia or Parkinson’s Disease, I’d be delighted. I think the Covid-19 vaccines are beneficial but don’t think they should be compulsory. I’d probably take one myself if I hadn’t been annoyed by all the disinformation. So, for prevention I take Ivermectin – despite the look of horror from my pharmacist when I show her the prescription.
Note that for quite a while, many people will continue to look to Google and YouTube and Facebook for news, just as they turned to NBC, CBS and ABC in the vanished past of the pre-internet era.
The old mainstream media, replaced by the new mainstream media… but without the decades of trust built up bu the Old Guard.
I suspect that it won’t take decades for serious researchers to abandon YouTube and Google. And after a while, the masses will follow.
It takes time for the Empire to fall. But fall it will.