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Asking for another line of defence

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I wonder, are we using all that is out there to fight covid? Why are we are not making treatments available that have been shown to work against COVID-19?

 

In early May I asked Premier Brian Pallister during a Saturday press conference what he thought about an apparent hesitancy to use ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. The premier skirted that question with his own messaging and then talked about the weather. Although he’s not a doctor, I thought he might have heard of ivermectin.

I have since received dozens of emails and messages from across Canada and some from local people, thanking me for asking about ivermectin. They had heard of it.

Vaccines appear to be working and that’s a good thing. However, when I asked about the treatment with ivermectin, at that time cases were on the rise, hospitals and ICU beds were filling up, patients flown out of province and people continued to suffer and die.

I am still concerned that there is a single point of pressure being put upon the public, even paying us with our own money to overcome vaccine hesitancy. And offering to circumvent the law that requires parental permission for children to receive the shot.

But what about the hesitancy toward the off-label use of a safe, cheap drug called ivermectin? And this is no money grab; ivermectin is no longer under patent.

Information from Dr. Tess Lawrie, a prominent researcher with The Evidence Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd. https://www.e-bmc.co.uk/ is as follows:

To date, very few treatments have been identified by the health authorities to reduce hospitalizations and deaths linked to covid-19. However, many doctors around the world are using a medicine called ivermectin to treat covid-19 patients.

In the past year, the list of countries that use ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of covid has grown to include 25% of the world:  Czech Republic, USA (off-label), Argentina, Belize, Brazil (some provinces), Slovenia, Bolivia, Honduras, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Lebanon, Mexico (some regions), Nicaragua, Nigeria (many regions), North Macedonia (mixed usage), Panama, India, Peru, Slovakia, South Africa, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Based on the latest evidence, doctors and scientists are calling for ivermectin's approval in every country of the world.

Ivermectin has been widely used for around forty years to treat parasitic infections in adults and children, says Lawrie. It is considered safe and effective and is notable for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. More than 3½ billion doses of ivermectin have been given worldwide. It is included in the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines and in 2015 its discoverers won a Nobel Prize in Medicine.

There’s other information from medical doctors who are using and advocating for ivermectin within a protocol that combines it with other things. Perhaps you have heard of Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care medical professionals? One of those doctors, Dr. Pierre Kory an expert in critical care and pulmonary medicine, created an accepted Standard of Care protocol. He has since added ivermectin in his own practice.

Another doctor is Paul E. Marik, Chief, Div. of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA.

There have been studies done and meta-analysis of ivermectin use around the world. (This is NOT the formulation for livestock, it’s a product and dosage made for humans.)

I am asking our leaders, isn’t this worth looking into for Canadians, for Manitobans? Particularly with the Delta variant arising, apparently even more infections that the first variants.

Don’t we want yet another way to fight covid?