When former president Donald Trump suggested that the drug ivermectin may hold promise for those suffering from Covid-19, many Democrats and mainstream media figures mocked him for being an anti-science nutcase.
As time has passed and studies have been concluded which shows that the drug may indeed hold some promise, many ‘fact-checkers’ and those on the left have been left looking a little silly over their previous mocking of the former president’s claim.
This week Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) held a meeting with dozens of constituents in which he said that many officials are unwilling to take ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment seriously due to their hatred of the former president. “The hatred for Trump deranged these people so much that they’re unwilling to objectively study it,” Paul reportedly said.
A judge in Ohio ordered a hospital to administer ivermectin to ventilated Covid patient Jeffrey Smith after his wife filed a lawsuit against the hospital this week. “At this point, there is nothing more the defendant can do, or will do, for my husband,” Julie wrote in an affidavit included in her complaint.
This comes after a ventilated patient in Chicago fully recovered from Covid after a family lawsuit demanding procurement and administration of the drug despite reluctance from the hospital doctors. A similar situation also happened in New York where a seriously ill Covid patient was treated with the drug and recovered after a dispute raised by the family.
However, a tweet written by the FDA two weeks ago, which gained notable social media attention, advises people not to take the drug. NIAID Director Anthony Fauci has consistently warned against taking the drug to treat Covid-19.
Paul’s claims of political allegiances of figures such as Fauci may hold weight due to the notable difference between real-world experience of the drug when administered in clinical settings compared to the advice given by figures and public bodies such as the FDA and Fauci.