Indian State Will Offer Ivermectin To Entire Adult Population — Even As WHO Warns Against Its Use As Covid-19 Treatment | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Indian State Will Offer Ivermectin To Entire Adult Population — Even As WHO Warns Against Its Use As Covid-19 Treatment

The World Health Organisation warned against the use of the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin in treating Covid-19 on Tuesday after the Indian state of Goa announced it would give the drug to all its adult residents based on an unproven claim that it may help reduce the severity of Covid-19 infections.
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KEY FACTS

  • The state health minister of Goa, Vishwajit Rane, said Monday that people will be given 12 mg of Ivermectin for a period of five days as prophylaxis to protect against Covid-19.
  • Rane claimed that the state government’s decision was based on studies by expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan which found a statistically significant reduction in mortality and recovery time in patients with Covid-19, without offering any specifics.
  • On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation’s Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan warned that the global health body recommends against the use of Ivermectin for COVID-19 except within clinical trials.
  • Goa—one of India’s smallest states by population—has witnessed a recent surge in Covid-19 cases and on Tuesday it reported 3,124 new cases and 75 fatalities on Tuesday evening.

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