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India experienced a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in May 2021. However, no data is available to support the claim that this is causally associated with the recommendation to use ivermectin. The reduced spread of the disease began before India released official recommendations to use that drug. In spite of several clinical studies, no reliable evidence is available to suggest that hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin are effective against COVID-19. At the moment, international health agencies and scientific societies discourage using these drugs to treat COVID-19, except in clinical trials designed to assess their efficacy. You are spreading false information!

Signed,

Robert Kirsner

Sea Port, AL

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Repurposed.Drugs.for.All

Sir: While you are entitled to your opinions, you are not entitled to your own facts. Here is a fact check. Your facts are incorrect.

STATEMENT #1. “Reduced spread of the disease began before India released official recommendations to use the drug.”

FALSE. Per Johns Hopkins data, India’s cases began rising from 3/8/21 at 15,388 per day and peaked on 05/06/21 at 414,188 per day. Official guidelines adding Ivermectin were released by AIIMS, All India Institute of Medical Science and ICMR, Indian Council of Medical Research on April 22, 2021 – BEFORE the cases peaked and before the spread of disease reduced.

STATEMENT #2. No reliable evidence is available to suggest that hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin is effective against COVID-19.

FALSE. Per the British Ivermectin Research and Development Panel (BIRD), an International Consortium of 65 experts, there is more than enough data from some 58 studies involving 519 researchers and 18,776 patients showing large reductions in death per their meta-analysis. See www.ivmmeta. Dr. Tess Lawrie, a highly cited W.H.O evidence synthesis expert, feels there is moderate certainty in evidence to show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19.

STATEMENT #3. No data is available to support the claim that this is causally associated with the recommendation to use ivermectin.

FALSE: The temporal relationship of the drop in cases in India to the addition of Ivermectin is quite compelling, as was noted by scientist Dr. John Campbell who feels the data suggest ivermectin is related. https://youtu.be/hGMXqAQPYuU Dr. Kory of the FLCCC further suggests the temporal relationship of the drop in those states that used ivermectin is evidence (data).

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