Guys, I know you’re getting sick of me doing a variant of “I don’t get it”, but there’s a vaccine available to anybody who wants it, for free, with a PROVEN track record of doing an amazing job of keeping people out of the hospital and of dying, and people are taking livestock deworming medicine as an alternative. I just don’t get it.
Sen. Ron Johnson has made multiple podcast and radio appearances this week in which he pushes Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 while fear mongering about vaccinations. And he’s continued to do so, even after clear warnings that his message is dangerous.
Johnson, who has regularly argued for the use of unproven drugs such as Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin as treatments for COVID-19, appeared on the shows of Wisconsin right wing radio host Vicki McKenna and Washington Times opinion editor Cheryl Chumley to criticize the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s decision to fully authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and advocate for people to take Ivermectin to treat the disease.
Ivermectin is commonly used to deworm livestock, and although it is approved for use in humans to treat parasitic infection, has not been shown to be effective at preventing COVID-19 infection or treating patients with the disease.
This week, following a prominent push by figures such as Johnson on right wing media outlets such as Fox News, the FDA was forced to put out a warning against the use of Ivermectin.
August 2020, the Texas Poison Control Network got 2 calls for ivermectin.
This August, they’ve had 55 so far.
— William Joy (@WilliamJoy) August 26, 2021
This is appalling.
Washington Co. is treating inmates with Ivermectin, in direct contradiction with FDA guidelines. And the doc providing this care – who doesn’t believe in the efficacy of masks – is asking for a 10% increase in funding for next year. https://t.co/EHvSFwXKas
— Nicole Clowney (@NicoleClowneyAR) August 25, 2021