Did Ivermectin help India break the epidemic wave?
THE CHEKING PROCESS – Some attribute to this drug the improvement of the health situation in India. However, this is not recommended by international health authorities. What is it?
THE QUESTION. After peaking in early May with 400,000 new cases of Covid-19 officially registered every day, India is finally starting to see the end of the tunnel. According to some observers, this return to normal would have been possible thanks to ivermectin, an antiparasitic used in particular to treat scabies, which has experienced renewed interest with Covid-19.
However, from the European Medicines Agency to the World Health Organization via the Food and Drug Administration (the American health agency), the Australian Ministry of Health or the Chinese Health Commission, the authorities international health workers agree that ivermectin should not be used against Covid-19, since the molecule has not been shown to be effective. What is it?
CHECKS. By mid-March, the pace of the epidemic accelerated seriously in India. In the midst of the storm, on April 28, India’s Ministry of Health updated its recommendations, including ivermectin for the first time on the list of official treatments, for mild and asymptomatic forms of Covid-19. On May 17, the Indian Council for Medical Research followed suit. And in early May, the daily number of Covid-19 cases began to decline.
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