Ivermectin COVID

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Doctor claims Ivermectin is ‘changing course’ of COVID-19 pandemic in SA

A doctor claims that Ivermectin has played a significant role in the current improved statistics surrounding COVID-19 in SA.

Ivermectin COVID

Photo: Interior Ministry of Peru

A South African doctor recently said that Ivermectin changed the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes after COVID-19 recovery rates rose dramatically from 88% to 92% over the past week. At the same time, patients on ventilators decreased from 70% to 30% of hospitalized patients.

Ivermectin played role in improved COVID-19 stats

Rekord East reports that Dr Naseeba Kathrada, an activist for the use of the drug against the pandemic, told Izak du Plessis that his widespread illegal use of the drug certainly contributed to the much-improved statistics.

She says the fact that Ivermectin was banned made people more curious.

“You know they say there is no such thing as bad publicity…so anything that is made public, more people are now going to say ‘why…why is that drug banned’.”

Ivermectin rules for SA

This was before The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) gave the green light to treat selected COVID-19 patients with Ivermectin.

SAHPRA confirmed that they will allow the use of ivermectin on our shores ‘through a controlled compassionate access programme’. All medical professionals wanting to use the drug to treat coronavirus patient must file a Section 21 application, and keep extensive records of patient progress.

“In response to the demand for access to ivermectin for human use, SAHPRA will enable a controlled compassionate access programme, using Section 21, until further data becomes available.”

“A person desiring to sell an unregistered medicine subject to registration in terms of section 14 of the Act, for purposes other than a clinical trial, shall apply to the Authority, on an application form obtainable from the office of the Chief Executive Officer, for authorisation in terms of Section 21 of the Act to sell such a medicine.”

SAHPRA statement

South African Government suspends use of AstraZeneca

Kathrada’s claim comes amid concerns that South Africans will have to wait even longer to get vaccinated after it was established that the AstraZeneca vaccination that arrived in the country last week is not effective against the South African strain of the coronavirus. Officials suspended the rollout of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after preliminary data found it provided only “minimal protection” against the new variant.

Dr Angelique Coetzee, the chairperson of the South African Medical Association, told du Plessis that it is back to square one.