Does our government believe Africans are not human beings?
On Sunday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared, "We've been seeing health misinformation as a problem for years, but the speed, scale and sophistication with which it is spreading and impacting our health is really unprecedented."
Perhaps the surgeon general should look in the mirror and lecture the FDA for dissuading people from taking lifesaving ivermectin. Over the weekend, the FDA tweeted out a message warning that ivermectin is for horses and cows, not people, implying that it is dangerous to consume and is not approved for humans.
Evidently, officials believe that millions of human beings in Africa (not to mention thousands in the Western world) are no better than animals.
Ivermectin has been dispensed 3.7 billion times in African countries since 1987 and is regarded as one of the greatest cures of all time for a disease ailing human beings. Here are the facts.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, after pesticides were sidelined from use in Africa following the publication of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," onchocerciasis, or river blindness, was devastating many central African countries. An estimated 50% of males 40 years and older had been blinded by the disease in some countries. After ivermectin was discovered as a wonder drug for treating river blindness by William C. Campbell, a scientist for Merck, and Satoshi Omura, a scientist at the Kitasato Institute in Tokyo, Merck started the MECTIZAN® Donation Program (MDP). In 1987, when the company was actually dedicated to saving lives as much as to making money, Merck began donating hundreds of millions of doses of MECTIZAN (ivermectin) and essentially eradicated the disease. Over time, 2.8 billion doses were donated.
In 2017, Merck published a press release commemorating the 20th anniversary of this mass rescue from a parasitic pandemic by ivermectin, which saved "more than 250 million people in 32 countries." In other words, this drug was dispensed en masse, exactly what we need to do in this pandemic, and with no known major serious side effects. As one study published in the Lancet notes, "To ensure distribution of the drug is sustained in the long term, the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control implemented community-directed treatment with ivermectin." Ultimately, this program "had an impressive impact," ensuring that "onchocerciasis is no longer a public health problem." The study observes, "Ivermectin has been widely used for 30 years to combat onchocerciasis and is rightly considered a wonder drug."
This is why the WHO itself lists ivermectin among its Model List of Essential Medicines for 2019, given its efficacy against parasitic infections and its track record of safety.
William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura were awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology in 2015 for discovering the drug as a cure for river blindness. Here is an excerpt from the press release of the Nobel Assembly:
Today the Avermectin-derivative Ivermectin is used in all parts of the world that are plagued by parasitic diseases. Ivermectin is highly effective against a range of parasites, has limited side effects and is freely available across the globe. The importance of Ivermectin for improving the health and wellbeing of millions of individuals with River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, primarily in the poorest regions of the world, is immeasurable. Treatment is so successful that these diseases are on the verge of eradication, which would be a major feat in the medical history of humankind.Thus, we have a drug that is regarded as having a wide range of efficacy against infections and achieving a major feat in medical history for "MANKIND," not "horsekind."
The FDA is trashing ivermectin and lying about a drug that fits the safety profile of the quintessential drug you would want to dispense en masse. What front-line COVID doctors seek to do with ivermectin has already been done before, unless of course they don't consider people in Africa to be humans.
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