From the Nobel site about the 2015 award for Medicine: “William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura discovered a new drug, Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, as well as showing efficacy against an expanding number of other parasitic diseases. Tu Youyou discovered Artemisinin, a drug that has significantly reduced the mortality rates for patients suffering from Malaria.”
“These two discoveries have provided humankind with powerful new means to combat these debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people. annually. The consequences in terms of improved human health and reduced suffering are immeasurable.”
The drug was a major advance in the treatment of parasitic diseases not viral illnesses.
While there has been some activity in lab experiments, studies in humans show no convincing anti-viral disease activity.
Unfortunately many of the human studies have been plagued with poor design and evidence of manipulation of results.
“Campaigners for the drug point to a number of scientific studies and often claim this evidence is being ignored or covered up. But a review by a group of independent scientists has cast serious doubt on that body of research.”
“The BBC can reveal that more than a third of 26 major trials of the drug for use on Covid have serious errors or signs of potential fraud. None of the rest show convincing evidence of ivermectin’s effectiveness.”
“Dr Kyle Sheldrick, one of the group investigating the studies, said they had not found “a single clinical trial” claiming to show that ivermectin prevented Covid deaths that did not contain “either obvious signs of fabrication or errors so critical they invalidate the study”.”