The FDA has granted full approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for preventing covid-19. Up until now, it had only been granted emergency use authorization and some vaccine-hesitant people had said that they did not want to take an ‘experimental’ treatment that had not received full FDA approval. Let’s hope that they will now take the vaccine because the number of preventable cases and deaths is staggering and heartbreaking.
But I suspect that even this approval will not win over the hard-core skeptics. Take this report that some people are using drugs used to deworm livestock to prevent covid-19 instead of taking the vaccines. The FDA has put out a surprisingly sarcastic statement.
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
Ahead of full US authorisation of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a simple message for Americans contemplating using ivermectin, a medicine used to deworm livestock, instead of getting a Covid shot.
“You are not a horse,” it said. “You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”
As with other purported alternative treatments for Covid-19, misinformation about ivermectin has spread on social media and through rightwing media and politicians.
In comments shared widely on social media, Dr Pierre Kory, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Aurora St Luke’s medical center in Milwaukee, called ivermectin a “wonder drug”.
Experts said then that test results suggesting ivermectin could inhibit replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus did not amount to official authorisation for use.
“It is a far cry from an in-vitro lab replication to helping humans,” Dr Nasia Safdar, medical director of infection prevention at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital, told the Associated Press.
On Sunday the US surgeon general, Dr Vivek Murthy, told CNN: “The best protection we have against Covid-19 is the vaccine, and if you get Covid-19, we actually do have treatments that work.
“Ivermectin is not one of them.”
The Pfizer shot was formally approved on Monday.
The FDA accompanied its Saturday tweet with a fact sheet. In answer to the question “Should I take ivermectin to treat Covid-19”, it said: “No. While there are approved uses for ivermectin in people and animals, it is not approved for the prevention or treatment of Covid-19.
“You should not take any medication to treat or prevent Covid-19 unless it has been prescribed to you by your healthcare provider and acquired from a legitimate source.”
My problem sometimes is that I try to make sense of the actions of people who may have no rational basis for doing so, such as in this case. If you so concerned about taking an ‘unproven’ vaccine, something that has undergone extensive trials, the logical thing would be to either do nothing or take something ‘natural’ like herbs and spices or maybe even vitamin supplements. Why would you try a different unproven drug treatment whose use for treating covid-19 is actively discouraged by the medical and scientific community?
It seems as if they are adopting the policy of being willing to use anything at all other than the recommended treatment.
Meanwhile, Jordan Klepper finds that you do not need to go to rural areas to find anti-vax sentiment because they are right there in New York City. I was amused at the number of people who said that they are not getting the vaccine because it is not FDA approved. What are the chances that they now get it? Will they switch to another reason?