Zimbabwe Officials Green Light Massive Importation of Ivermectin to Treat COVID-19

Zimbabwe Officials Green Light Massive Importation of Ivermectin to Treat COVID-19

Recently, TrialSite reported on an abrupt shift in point of view among health officials and regulators concerning the use of Ivermectin targeting SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. The deaths of some prominent politicians and officials perhaps brought some perspective that no one is immune from this deadly virus. With spikes of COVID-19 infections reaching over 30,000 now, the government doubled down and moved to make what is known as “the People’s Medicine” in Bangladesh available to the public via prescription from a licensed medical professional. Robert Rukwata, acting director of the Health and Child Care, and acting secretary Robert Mudyiradima sent a letter to this southern African nation’s Medicines Control Authority instructing them to allow large importation of the drug for human use. Commenting that the government must first ensure patient health, they also conveyed that they could not “deny them effective treatments regimens” during the COVID-19 crisis. Essentially introducing emergency authorization, the Ivermectin wave cannot be stopped now as nation after nation, most first of course in lower to middle-income countries (LMICs), seek to protect their populations w...

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