Indian States Turn to Ivermectin in COVID Crisis

— Two states give anti-parasitic preventatively to large swaths of population despite warnings

Goa, a tourist haven on India’s west coast, and Uttarakhand, a northern state in the Himalayas, will use the anti-parasitic preventatively, giving it to wide swaths of their population in hopes of preventing future outbreaks.

Leaders of both states said their recommendations were evidence-based. “An expert medical panel has recommended this,” Om Prakash, chief secretary of Uttarakhand, told Reuters. Vishwajit Rane, health minister of Goa, also said an expert panel from Europe found the drug shortened recovery time and reduced the risk of death, according to the news agency.

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