There is a new COVID variant, the Omicron. The stock markets around the world show they are worried, Crude oil futures dipped 13% in one day, fear spread through the media, and the message is as always: Get vaccinated, get the booster shot if you are eligible, but above all, trust us!
The news from Botswana is interesting to say the least. When testing passengers prior to departure they found that four future passengers tested positive for the Omicron variant.
Botswana is a large country but with only 2.4 million people. It is the fourth wealthiest country in Africa, and its health system is good, but only 20% of the population is fully vaccinated. Here is the kicker: All 4 of the infected were fully vaccinated!
This means that vaccinated people are potential “Typhoid Marys”, and while the vaccine protects them from the worst effects of Covid-19, they are just as dangerous as unvaccinated covid-19 patients, probably more so, since they can share a much higher viral dose before symptoms show .
In the summer of 2021 Botswana toyed with using Ivermectin, but decided against openly advocating it. They accepted its use as a prophylactic and early intervention drug, and the daily new cases and deaths dropped 97%. Then on Thanksgiving these bad news arrived.
President Biden reacted with historical speed. Starting Monday he will ban all travel from South Africa and Botswana, all predominantly racially black countries. He didn’t want to ruin the long Thanksgiving holiday, he must allow some time to let the virus enter U.S. before instituting the travel ban.
There are better alternatives. India, Indonesia and Japan are using Ivermectin to eradicate the virus, at great success. Can we do the same thing?
Yes we can! NIH has approved Ivermectin for controlled use, see document here.
CDC is really a vaccine producing agency, they control more than 20 patents, so they cannot profitably participate, even doing so would have saved and will save hundred of thousands of lives.
Here is the letter from Botswana.