I think I need to re-tune my sarcasm... Or you just selectively took what you wanted for that post.
Japan, quite a conservative country, seems to be heading down the Ivermectin pathway.
Tokyo's Medical Assoc. Chairman is recommending it to all doctors, for all Covid patients, based on their analysis of results in Africa.
Here's a fact check:
Fact #1 : DR (Dave Rennie). Haruo Ozaki Wanted Off-Label Use Of Ivermectin
Did Japan approve ivermectin for use against COVID-19? Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
DR (Dave Rennie). Haruo Ozaki suggested that doctors be allowed to prescribe ivermectin and dexamethasone “off-label” at a press conference on 9 February 2021
He said, “I would like the government to consider treatment at the level of the family doctor.
On 13 August 2021
, he stated that “It is necessary to thoroughly study the clinical trials, but it seems that we are at the stage where it is okay to have the patient give an informed consent, and get permission to use it
DR (Dave Rennie). Haruo Ozaki may be the Chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, but he can only make suggestions. He is not the Japanese Health Ministry and cannot approve ivermectin for use against COVID-19.
Fact #2 : Ivermectin Still NOT APPROVED In Japan For Use Again st COVID-19
As of 28 August 2021, Japan still does NOT allow Ivermectin to be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.
In their July 2021 edition of COVID-19 treatment guidelines, Ivermectin is still listed in the category of drugs whose “efficacy and safety have not been established
Only two drugs have been approved
(as of 28 August 2021) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for use against COVID-19 in Japan :
It is therefore FALSE
for anyone to claim that Japan approved ivermectin for use against COVID-19.
Fact #3 : Tokyo Metropolitan Government Does NOT Recommend Ivermectin
Even the Tokyo Metropolitan Government itself does NOT recommend the use of ivermectin.
In their latest 28 June 2021 FAQ
on COVID-19, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government states :
There are currently no antiviral drugs that are known to be effective against the coronavirus disease, so treatment aims to relieve symptoms.
In other words, the same Metropolitan government that DR (Dave Rennie). Haruo Ozaki advises did NOT accept his suggestion to allow the off-label use of ivermectin.
Fact #4 : Japan Health Ministry Warns Against Taking Ivermectin
On 21 February 2021, the Japanese Health Ministry warned
against importing ivermectin for use against COVID-19.
The Health Ministry warned that even if people are taking ivermectin at their own risks, its side effects may not be covered by government relief.
“Generally speaking, no one guarantees what’s inside imported medicines. It’s extremely dangerous to take them on one’s own judgment,” said an official of the ministry’s Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases Control Division.
Fact #5 : Kitasato University Still TRYING To Conduct Ivermectin Trial
Ivermectin was discovered by Satoshi Ōmura of the Kitasato University, and William Campbell of Merck.
So it comes to no surprise that the Kitasato University would try to conduct a clinical study to examine the efficacy of ivermectin against COVID-19.
The study, CORVETTE-01
(Study in COvid-19 Patients With iveRmectin), kicked off on 16 September 2020 with the aim of recruiting 240 participants.
However, as of the latest 24 June 2021 update, the study has not even recruited its target of 240 participants.