More Thailand Medical COVID-19 Scams Coming? Thai Vitro Research Claims That Ivermectin-Niclosamide Combination Can Inhibit SARS-CoV-2
It is amazing that there are actually lots of stupid foreigners that actually think Thailand is superior in terms of affordable healthcare and that its research and biotech industries are also advance and meet international standards. The truth is far from it and so called medical and healthcare accreditation certificates and standards can easily be bought from unscrupulous American and European agencies. (Money talks, with money you can project whatever false façade you want and everything is up for sale….you even have local doctors who bought their initial degrees from countries like the Philippines or India! One private hospital in Bangkok that is famous with stupid Middle-East primates who actually have better international hospitals and more qualified doctors in their own country, spends more than US$ 2.5 million per year just on its online marketing initiatives spanning social media platforms and also SEO and other online marketing strategies…off course the monies come from the overpriced medical costs that these stupid foreigners are paying for sub-standard and often wrong treatments! Its annual marketing and advertising budgets will shock even the multinational conglomerates!)
The same goes for the COVID-19 situation in Thailand. Considering the low COVID-19 death and infections tolls, which many smart locals speculate to be fake…many stupid foreigners assume that the COVID-19 crisis is probably managed well in the country and that is why the country supposedly has such low levels of infections and deaths!
There is a famous saying in Thailand, "Test as little as possible and cases along with COVID-19 deaths will be low!"
But unknow to many, there were so many negative incidences perpetrated by the medical community and local doctors since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first and most famous of all was that Thailand had discovered the cure for COVID-19 in February 2020. So called medical ‘experts; and even local health officials joined the bandwagon claiming that using Ritonavir and Lopinavir, and the flu medication identified as Oseltamivir could cure COVID-19! Press conferences were held and announcements made despite no large randomized clinical trials and despite promising that studies that would be published in credible medical journals would be forthcoming, nothing ever materialized and no one was charged with disseminating fake news nor were the doctors or even the government officials involved ever disciplined! https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2020/02/02/thai-doctors-say-they-cured-patient-of-coronavirus-in-48-hours/
Then we had the Favipiravir issue, where a drug that had no known efficacy against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus but was teratogenic and mutagenic was adopted as the standard treatment protocol for COVID-19 in Thailand and the drugs were bought at high prices from China! Why we even had the so-called Thai elites who were foreign educated and many so called STEM graduates kept clamoring for only favipiravir just because some so called famous Thai doctors was saying that it was the only drug that worked against COVID-19 despite lack of any scientific evidence! (No one bothered to check what the WHO or US FDA and other studies around the world were showing about the drug.) Hopefully most of the stupids who took the drug would suffer the long-term effects of it and also maybe bring forth a generation of retards or mutated offsprings!
Then off course we had the local ‘half-baked studies’ on andrographis panniculata (Fha Talai Jone) that did not involve large cohorts or a randomized format as recognized internationally for clinical trials but then again, the local experts and physicians went ahead and approved it and starting prescribing the herb as a treatment protocol for COVID-19. https://thethaiger.com/news/national/traditional-thai-medicine-fah-talai-jone-gains-steam-as-a-treatment-despite-shaky-scientific-merit
Subsequently as a result of numerous issues of side-effects, the usage of the herb quietly disappeared.
From Thailand Medical
News’ perspective, the problem is that most of the ignorant locals (including the foreign educated or local STEM graduates) have too much faith in local doctors who in reality are clueless about COVID-19 or even about Long COVID. Most of them simply abide by the guidelines issued by government officials whose credentials are questionable!
Next we had the Sinovac issue, where we have certain so called medical ‘experts’ again and even a so called ‘virologists’ from Chulalongkorn University (Its medical school does not even rank among the top 200 in the world according to QS World University Rankings) stating that the ‘superior’ efficacy of the overpriced Sinovac vaccine versus other COVID-19 vaccines.
Fast forward today, we have many published data showing clearly what the Chinese Sinovac vaccines are good for especially with regards to the newer emerging variants.
There are so many COVID-19 ‘bullshit’ perpetrated by medical professionals in the land of scams that listing all would be a tiring affair. There were some worth mentioning like public hospitals asking for donations for the COVID-19 crisis and yet when the time came, many people who supported these very same hospitals could not even secure a hospital bed as many were reserved high ranking government officials!
There were cases of private hospitals overcharging for COVID-19 test, sometimes using test kits that were not cleared by the FDA and then they were cases of private hospitals overcharging foreigners and even Thais for COVID-19 treatments. (This is actually a common practice irrespective of the disease!)
We have cases of local insurance companies selling COVID-19 packages, some even being promoted by hospitals and doctors, but now defaulting in paying compensation payments and some even closing down.
There are cases of people donating medical equipment etc for private and public hospitals and even field hospitals etc but when these hospitals closed or when COVID-19 cases went done, no proper inventory or audit was ever done and we do not even want to mention about the speculations going around about the fate of these donated equipment!
Off course the most famous scams were soliciting cash donations to procur food for the starving locals! We had both locals and foreigners whose businesses were not doing well ie some were restaurant owners, ex-food and beverage staff, companies selling alcoholic beverages etc that decided that soliciting monies and either cooking the food or procuring it was a more profitable venture! None were doing it genuinely from a charitable perspective of not charging for their own services, cost or time! Hence you had situations where slum dwellers in Bangkok were given tons of cooked food daily which they could not even finish and had to throw a lot each day while the real poor upcountry were never getting any aid from these programs and those running these programs were getting richer!
Coming back to our main focus, while the WHO, US CDC, US FDA and ECDC and health authorities are trying to clamp down of the usage of the drug Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 as in reality it does not work with any of the new SARS-CoV-2 variants but is still being promoted by Western charlatans and Western doctors with hidden agendas, a group of Thai researchers have published a new study claiming that the drug combo Ivermectin and Niclosamide can inhibit the replication of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus in vitro. https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-1069947/v1
It should be noted that its only a vitro study and often vitro studies can be misleading and proper large cohort randomized clinical trials are the gold standards in assessing any drug efficacy coupled with proper long-term safety studies.
I shudder to think of the consequences should the local health officials ever approve this drug combo to treat COVID-19 just based just on this study especially in coming months when a catastrophic COVID-19 surge is expected to hit the country as there are no warnings, lockdowns or even stringent measures in place and locals do not seem worried or even care about the threat of Omicron or other emerging Delta subvariants. The new year holiday break will help escalate this impending surge as ignorant locals are travelling all around the country and some even taking trips to Omicron infested countries and no one seems to pay attention to preventive measures including getting better secured masks that works or even practicing social distancing etc. Just go to any of the local shopping malls or visiting the night spots upcountry, its really scary!
But then again, the new surge might also bring along newer COVID-19 Scams.
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