Indian Bar Association says it will sue WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan over disinformation over Ivermectin but all that it has done so far is serve a legal notice to her.


Can the WHO be sued?

  1. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel on Monday said the WHO was immune under its own 1948 constitution and the International Organization Immunities Act from the proposed class-action lawsuit by the seven Westchester County plaintiffs.

2. International organizations receive the same privileges, immunities, and exemptions as foreign governments. Some of these privileges, immunities, and exemptions (listed under section 4 of the Act) include:

Exemption from legal suits or any other legal action in regards to activities related to work (unless the right is waived)


The Indian Bar Association (IBA) is a voluntary organisation which Indian insiders say tends to parrot positions of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has attacked Swaminathan, a former senior Indian medical official, on a personal level, calling her statements “highly unconscionable, misleading and issued with ulterior purposes and deliberate intention to underplay the effectiveness of Ivermectin in treatment COVID-19.” 

The group is a voluntary organisation with no statutory or regulatory status in India.

In a response, WHO said it “regretted” the unwarranted attacks against senior officials in the media,” adding that despite the publication of the alleged suit, it was unaware of any formal proceedings having been filed by the IBA.


WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan

A tweet by Swaminathan specifically advising against the use of Ivermectin for COVID-19, which the IBA has called “controversial”, has since been deleted. 

The tweet, issued under Swaminathan’s handle, @doctorsoumya, on 10 May 2021 stated that “Safety and efficacy are important when using any drug for a new indication. @WHO recommends against the use of Ivermectin for #COVID19 except within clinical trials.”

The WHO has said there is, to date, insufficient evidence to demonstrate Ivermectin’s effectiveness against COVID-19, and has thus not included it as a recommended COVID treatment – except in clinical trial studies that might yield better evidence. 

In her role as WHO’s Chief Scientist, Swaminathan has also spoken out against the use of politically popular, but scientifically unfounded, treatments, including hydroxychloroquine and Remdesivir – the latter of which even received United States Food and Drug Administration emergency use approval, despite what WHO said was a lack of evidence about efficacy.





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