In the latest debate on ivermectin as “miracle cure” For Covid-19 the World Health Organisation and regulatory bodies globally are saying that there is no data that would allow them to say ivermectin is effective either for prevention or treatment of Covid-19.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US said poison control centres had seen a five-fold increase in emergency calls from ivermectin poisoning.

Meanwhile, Times Live reported on August 29 that Prof Salim Abdool Karim, clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist and director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in SA, said he was castigated during Covid-19’s first wave for blocking the use of hydroxychloroquine, then vindicated when the drug was found to cause cardiac problems. He said nobody talks about hydroxychloroquine anymore, but the same issue had arisen with ivermectin, and part of the problem is that it is being punted by doctors. Abdool Karim believes the “ivermectin issue” will fade away when the data from big trials is published. He said if he is wrong and it really does benefit people, then he will admit it. But currently, he added, the evidence that it doesn’t is pretty compelling.

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