The drug was initially injected into the COVID treatment debate in mid-2020, thanks to a paper by Australian researchers who determined that at extremely high concentrations it showed some efficacy against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID, in the lab.
As pharmacological experts pointed out from the start, because of ivermectin’s particular properties, it would be almost impossible to achieve the same concentrations of the drug in the human bloodstream that were used in the lab tests.
Nevertheless, ivermectin was soon being promoted as a magic bullet against COVID, in part by anti-vaccine activists and advocates of alternative medicine. The drug quickly became something of a political darling.
Ivermectin politics are rather different from those of hydroxychloroquine, however. The latter had a partisan coloration, for its chief advocate was Donald Trump, who as president was interested in tamping down criticism that he wasn’t doing anything to win the war against the virus. Trump is gone from the White House now, however.
The political underpinning of the ivermectin craze involves a conspiracy-infused attack on the pharmaceutical and medical establishment. In this it resembles the anti-vaccine movement, as the veteran pseudoscience debunker David Gorski has pointed out.
Like anti-vaxxers, ivermectin advocates claim that information about the drug is being “suppressed,” generally by agents of Big Pharma; the core idea is that because drug companies can’t make very much money out of a drug available in generic form, they prefer to foist vaccines, on which they can make billions of dollars in profits, on the innocent public.
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