Jamaica Public Hospitals Approach the Brink While Ivermectin Shipment in Delay

Recently TrialSite updated the world that Jamaica was headed toward a very hard period of this pandemic. That’s now happening with the Delta variant circulating the island. At least a third of the population here polls that they won’t take a vaccine and the supplies to this poor nation, like many other ones, evidence health inequity at work. Recently the Health Minister authorized ivermectin to enter the country for off-label use. However because Christopher Tufton follows the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, he won’t allow ivermectin use in public hospitals such as the one here. TrialSite’s network of health care professionals sent us a video today as to what one of these hospitals looks like now with the crisis raging. Meanwhile, the shipment of ivermectin authorized for possible “off-label” use is in delay due to logistics which means that in a nation with less than 5% fully vaccinated and less than 10% even partially vaccinated; no means of early care leads to an unfolding worsening of the health crisis. 

It isn’t pretty as care is in short supply here. Moreover while vaccine distribution has been slow to make it to this Caribbean island, the ivermectin supp...

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