Pandemic’s Toll in Slovakia Worsened by Political Tensions from Russian Vaccine Purchase

Pandemic’s Toll in Slovakia Worsened by Political Infighting Intensified by Russian Vaccine Purchase

Recently, TrialSite spoke with a woman from Slovakia who's living on another continent but fears for her elderly parents in that Eastern European country.  Her mother struggles with some health issues—comorbidities—and her father is the only one that ventures outside now to shop and take care of any essential business while they hunker down as the latest wave rips through this eastern edge of Europe. Frightened, the daughter who now resides in Australia sent the parents a mail package containing ivermectin, made in Holland but distributed in New Zealand for use in Australia. As TrialSite reported on January 28, 2021, the FDA-approved generic drug used against parasites was approved for use during the pandemic by the Slovakian government. She thought it was OK to do that now that the country’s political class accepted at least temporarily the generic drug for off-label indication for COVID-19. Apparently the mail there is routinely checked now by customs, and this personal mail, like many others, has been seized and held by the government. According to the woman’s parents, others they know of in this easter part of Slovakia have had their personal mail packages conta...

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