Governments around the world continue to demonize the cheap, safe, effective, and Nobel prize-winning drug, ivermectin. Last year, the Malaysian Ministry of Health commissioned a task force of experts (DETF-Ivermectin) to investigate ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19. In December 2022, DETF-Ivermectin submitted its report, suggesting that, “Ivermectin should not be included as a standard treatment for Covid-19 in Malaysia.” This conclusion was reached despite the reference of four systematic reviews, three of which support the use of ivermectin, and despite significant accompanying scientific evidence of its effectiveness.

DETF-Ivermectin’s report is essentially based on the fallacious argument that the administration of doses up to 100-fold higher than those approved for use in humans would be required to achieve the plasma concentrations necessary for the antiviral efficacy detected in vitro. This is a crude interpretation of an in vitro study on monkey cells and is contradicted by a body of studies showing that the dosage recommended by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC)—400-600 µg/kg administered daily with or immediately after a meal—would be sufficient to achieve effective concentrations. The authors of the report omit the many other modes of action of ivermectin that may explain the efficacy shown in numerous studies published between 2020 and 2021. They also fail to mention two studies showing efficacy of ivermectin in co-medication with doxycycline and zinc for severely hypoxic Covid-19 patients.

The World Council for Health would like to point out the methodological weakness of the more recently published randomized trials on which the conclusion of this report appears to be based. Note that none of these recent trials is designed with the intention of showing: 

  • efficacy of ivermectin in preventing the disease;
  • an antiviral effect of ivermectin that requires a protocol similar to those of new antivirals promoted by pharmaceutical companies, including early start of treatment and appropriate dosage, duration, and administration of ivermectin in a fed state;
  • the effectiveness of the multi-drug protocol for treating severely hypoxic Covid-19 patients.

The World Council for Health would like to remind public health agencies and health ministries that ivermectin is by now, well-established as an essential, safe, and effective treatment in the fight against Covid-19. Not to endorse or permit its use is to deprive people of medical choice at best, and life-saving treatment at worst. We exhort governments, including the Malaysian Ministry of Health, to allow the highest quality evidence, not the poorest, to inform their policies and thus establish ivermectin within Covid-19 treatment protocols. 

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  1. Wow. Just wow! How can they ignore the study where 24 hypoxic people refused hospital care and were given Ivermectin instead and 100% survived and 100% had improved oxygen levels after just 24 hours!? Wilful blindness!! Thank you WCH for continuing to raise awareness to this issue

  2. Please hold the 3rd Ivermectin Day in Japan. The 50th anniversary of the discovery of ivermectin, organized by BIRD and FLCCC, with thanks to Prof. Satoshi Omura.

  3. Ivermectin WORKS against the Covid-19 virus, my husband (66) & I (65) are examples of taking Ivermectin with OUTstanding results. It has won the Nobel Prize in 2015. The governments around the world need to STOP the suppression of this life saving drug. The Truth regarding the benefits of Ivermectin is known by many, read the trial test results.

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