Japan continues to use vaccines, not ivermectin, to fight COVID-19
So, rather than end its COVID-19 vaccination program, the Japanese government has said it plans to continue providing vaccines, including the booster as early as December, according to NHK World Japan.
Japan had a problem with the Moderna vaccine manufacturing process. At the end of August, Moderna and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. suspended after that recalled three lots of Moderna vaccine that contained approximately 1.6 million doses after stainless steel contaminants were found in some vials.
Takeda said the problem was caused by “improper assembly and was due to human error specific to poor visual assessment of the required 1mm gap between the star wheel and the plug” of the machines that place the plugs on them. vials of vaccine, according to an October 1 article. through Reuters. Japan continued to administer vaccine doses which have not been affected by the manufacturing problem.
Ivermectin never approved for treatment
Contrary to Turner’s claim, ivermectin is not safe a list of pharmaceutical products approved to treat COVID-19 in Japan.
“Ivermectin is not approved by the Japanese government”, Kosuke Yasukawa, who is a doctor at Medstar Washington Hospital Center and assistant professor of clinical medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, told us in an email.
Haruo Ozaki, President of the Tokyo Medical Association, had recommended the use of ivermectin as a treatment for patients with COVID-19 at the February 9 press conference, “which was criticized by many doctors in the United States,” said Yasukawa, a disease specialist infectious diseases who received his medical degree from Keio University in Tokyo.
Ozaki is not a government official, and the Tokyo Medical Association is a professional organization that does not play politics.
âI believe that basic precautions like masks [and] social distancing, along with vaccination, has helped reduce infections in Japan, âsaid Yasukawa.
The World Health Organization said in March that evidence on the use of ivermectin to deal with COVID-19 was “inconclusive”.
WHO recommends that ivermectin “continue to be used for its intended purposes, âthe organization said in an email to FactCheck.org. “Until more data becomes available, the WHO recommends that the drug be used only to treat COVID-19 in clinical trials “regardless of the severity of the disease.
Likewise, the United States Food and Drug Administration said âCurrently available data does not show ivermectin to be effective against COVID-19. (For more on ivermectin, see SciCheck’s article “Ongoing clinical trials will decide whether (or not) ivermectin is safe, effective for COVID-19.”)
Officials at the Japanese Embassy in Washington did not respond to emails seeking comment.
We tried to reach Hal Turner to get some evidence to support his claims, but we got no response.
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