"all the figures in India are down, much thanks to some simple cheap drugs. (Now, why aren't those available to everyone?)"
Perhaps this is a bigger scandal, obscured by Fauci/Wuhan headlines: the number of deaths caused by people denied existing therapeutics?
One needs to dig into the details of the Helsinki Doctrine
(statement of ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects) to understand why no existing/re-purposed successful therapeutics could be acknowledged, if pharmaceutical companies were to be granted Emergency Use Authorisation for jabs registered in trial phase until 2022/2023.
(Ivermectin (IVM) costs pennies (since Merck took it off patent) and has been around for 40 years since its discovery won the Nobel - initially as a veterinarian medicine, later 3.7 billion doses safely given to humans.. it's now proving to be successful against all variants and has little to no side effects, can work hand-in-hand with vaccines.
Merck is rumoured to be now in process of re-developing IVM so it will have a new patent - it apparently received a substantial grant from US govt for this purpose?
Yes, I am biased to IVM because I have knowledge of the work of Dr Jacqui Stone of Zimbabwe and her small team, who have heroically dealt with COVID in a situation with no beds, no ventilators, no ICUS - she's treated her patients with IVM to a magnificent extent, in a story that would make a great movie one day.
As she says, vaccine and IVM can work together to crash Covid - in no way should IVM support be read as an anti-vax position, even though it was reported this week that a vaccine alliance (GAVI?) has seemingly been paying for anti-ivermectin adverts)
------------------ Related Indian Bar Association sues WHO scientist over ivermectin disinformation
In this update, Advocate Dipali Ojha clarified the nature of the planned action,
"The Indian Bar Association has warned action under section 302 etc. of the Indian Penal Code against [WHO scientist] Dr. Soumya Swaminathan and others, for murder of each person dying due to obstruction in treatment of COVID-19 patient effectively by Ivermectin. Punishment under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code is death penalty or life imprisonment."
He further wrote, "After receiving the said notice, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan went on the back foot and deleted her tweet. This has proved the hollowness of the WHO’s recommendation against Ivermectin for COVID-19. The dishonesty of WHO and the act of Dr. Soumya Swaminathan in deleting her contentious tweet was witnessed by citizens across the world, as the news got a wide coverage on social media. By deleting the tweet, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has proved her mala fide intentions."
The entire world witnessed the effectiveness of Ivermectin against India’s deadly second surge as the locations that adopted it saw their outbreaks quickly extinguished in stark contrast to those states that did not.
Among the most prominent examples include the Ivermectin areas of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Goa where cases dropped 98%, 97%, 94%, and 86%, respectively. By contrast, Tamil Nadu opted out of Ivermectin. As a result, their cases skyrocketed and rose to the highest in India. Tamil Nadu deaths increased ten-fold. https://www.thedesertreview.com/news/national/ivermectin-obliterates-97-percent-of-delhi-cases/article_6a3be6b2-c31f-11eb-836d-2722d2325a08.html
Tamil Nadu publicly relied upon Dr. Swaminathan's advice in revoking their initial choice of Ivermectin the day after she recommended against it in her May 10 tweet on social media. As a direct result, Tamil Nadu experienced a surge in COVID death and sickness that continues to this day.