Something is amiss with YouTube. The company has removed videos from a U.S. Senate testimony regarding early Covid treatments, claiming that they contain misinformation. It has also flagged smaller channels that shared the video.
In the testimony from December, Dr. Pierre Kory, a critical care specialist, claims that the drug ivermectin has been used successfully to prevent Covid infection.
Ivermectin is cheap and widely available, unlike the Covid vaccine. Dr. Kory referenced a study in Argentina where 800 health-care workers took ivermectin and none of them were infected with Covid. In the same study, 400 health-care workers did not take the drug and 58% of them were infected.
Dr. Kory is asking the National Institutes of Health to review this evidence and reconsider its guidance against ivermectin. For context, ivermectin has been used since the 1980s to prevent and treat paracistic infections and is listed by the WHO as an essential drug. The NIH did change its recommendation in January to say that there is “insufficient data,” which is just a hair above “against.”
Is ivermectin a preventative for Covid? We can’t say. We’re news people, not medical people. But is it for YouTube to decide that people should NOT hear about this? Whyyyyyy are they doing this? The Wall Street Journal put it aptly:
The censors at YouTube have decided for all of us that the American public shouldn’t be able to hear what senators heard. Apparently they are smarter than medical doctors who have devoted their lives to science and use their skills to save lives. They have decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed, and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies. Government-sanctioned censorship of ideas and speech should frighten us all.