Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out why Japan did NOT use ivermectin to successfully control COVID-19.
Claim : Japan Used Ivermectin To Successfully Control COVID-19!
This is the message that people are sharing on WhatsApp. It claims that Japan used ivermectin to successfully control COVID-19.
Truth : Japan Did NOT Use Ivermectin To Successfully Control COVID-19!
This is yet another example of ivermectin fake news that is being constantly created and spread through messaging apps and social media, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Japan Never Used Ivermectin Against COVID-19
This oft-repeated lie has been repeatedly proven false time and time again, and was concocted around “suggestions” by the Chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, Dr. Haruo Ozaki, that doctors should be allowed to prescribe ivermectin and dexamethasone to their COVID-19 patients.
He made this suggestion twice – on 9 February 2021, and on 13 August 2021. However, that advice was not accepted by the Japanese government on both occasions.
As of 1 November 2021, the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has NOT approved the use of ivermectin against COVID-19. Only these drugs have been approved :
- Remdesivir (Veklury)
- Baricitinib (olumiant)
- Casirivimab / Imdevimab (Ronapreve)
- Sotrovimab (XEVUDY)
Therefore, it is FALSE to claim that “Japan has allowed its doctors to prescribe ivermectin“.
It is also FALSE to claim that ivermectin “is widely used” to control COVID-19 in Japan.
Fact #2 : Japan’s Success Not Due To Ivermectin
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) of Japan has been regularly publishing its evaluations of the COVID-19 situation in Japan.
In the last few weeks, it stated consistently that the massive drop in cases was due to :
- the cooperation of many citizens and businesses toward infection control,
- an improvement in the vaccination rate – persons who have completed the second vaccination account for more than 70% of all citizens, and approximately 70% of persons aged 12 to 19 years have already received one vaccination
- delayed vaccinations – in foreign countries where vaccinations started earlier, breakthrough infections have occurred due to a decrease in neutralizing antibody titers, and infection rebounds have occurred during the course of significant relaxations of regulations
As such, the NIID said that “vaccination should be promoted continuously, and each person must take actions to prevent the spread of the infection“.
Ivermectin was never mentioned even once in any of the NIID’s reports going back to 10 December 2020. That’s because ivermectin was never used to treat COVID-19 in Japan.
Fact #3 : Kitasato University Cannot Recruit Enough Participants For IVM Trial
Ivermectin was discovered by Satoshi Ōmura of the Kitasato University, and William Campbell of Merck.
So it comes to no surprise that the Kitasato University would try to conduct a clinical study to examine the efficacy of ivermectin against COVID-19.
The study, CORVETTE-01 (Study in COvid-19 Patients With iveRmectin), kicked off on 16 September 2020 with the aim of recruiting 240 participants.
However, as of the latest 26 October 2021 update, the study was still NOT able to recruit its target of 240 participants.
That would suggest that interest in ivermectin’s use against COVID-19 is VERY LOW in Japan, even in people with COVID-19!
Fact #4 : Gibraltar Proves Vaccination Works!
Antivaxxers are pointing out that Gibraltar is fully-vaccinated, and yet they were “forced” to cancel their official Christmas celebrations after a spike in COVID-19 cases.
It is true that Gibraltar cancelled their official Christmas celebrations because of a surge in COVID-19 cases.
But like the devious little liars they are, antivaxxers use that small fact to mislead you on the truth – that COVID-19 vaccinations are working.
If you look at this comparison I created, you can see that the large spike that started in December 2020 was wiped out once Gibraltar vaccinated about 56% of their population.
More importantly, they suffered only FOUR (4) deaths since their population was 97% vaccinated against COVID-19.
Gibraltar is proving that even though protection against infections may wane after a few months, the vaccines are protecting their people against death from COVID-19.
Fact #5 : Antivaxxers Are Responsible For Pandemic Continuing
Are fact checkers being funded by those responsible for the pandemic. Where’s the evidence? Is it possible for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to fund websites?
That’s how STUPID and DESPICABLE antivaxxers really are. They have no qualms making up ridiculous stories to fool you.
I can’t speak for Reuters, but fact checking websites like Tech ARP are funded by ads (and only if you click on them) and possibly, donations.
The truth is antivaxxers want to distract you from the fact that they are RESPONSIBLE for the persistence of this pandemic.
If everyone gets vaccinated like the residents of Gibraltar, COVID-19 may become endemic (there will always be new cases), but VERY FEW people will get terribly sick or die from it!
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