Ivermectin, miracle or mirage against Covid-19?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – This antiparasitic, which has been used for over 40 years, has aroused great interest from the public.

THE QUESTION. Some see ivermectin as the gateway to the Covid-19 pandemic. This antiparasitic used in particular against scabies, is presented by its defenders as effective against severe forms of Covid. On social networks, Internet users have even launched a massive campaign to demand its authorization by the World Health Organization, via the keyword #BeBraveWHO (be courageous WHO). A demand vigorously shared by political figures such as Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, François Asselineau or Florian Philippot.

On the other hand, the health agencies of many countries – French, American, Swiss, Mexican etc. – formally disapprove of its use outside of clinical trials. The same is true for the European Medicines Agency and for the World Health Organization, which insisted on March 31 on the absence of scientific proof in favor of its effectiveness.

Are we facing a new hydroxychloroquine, a molecule which, despite the immense hope it has aroused, has not transformed the trial against Covid?

CHECKS. The craze for ivermectin – better known by its trade name Stromectol – comes from an Australian study published in May 2020 which showed it to be effective in vitro on the Sars-Cov-2,

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