False meme: Nobel laureate William Campbell did not say that Ivermectin ‘cures’ Covid-19


Washington Post

False meme: Nobel laureate did not say ivermectin ‘cures’ covid-19

Glenn Kessler

Thu, Sep 9, 20212 min read

“My name is William Campbell, in 2015 I won the Nobel Prize in medicine for the discovery of Ivermectin. It cures many diseases including covid-19. The fake news and big pharma want you to live in fear. Fauci won’t promote Ivermectin because he is the little parasite it destroys.”

– Quote attributed to Drew University professor William Campbell circulating on social media such as Twitter

This quote and image of the Nobel laureate is circulating widely on social media. Juanita Broaddrick, a prominent conservative with 500,000 followers, posted it at 11 a.m. Wednesday and within three hours accumulated more than 12,000 retweets and likes. Other Twitter users have also spread this meme widely.

But Barb Bresnahan, chief of staff and dean of administration at Drew University, where Campbell teaches, told The Fact Checker the quote is false and the meme has been reported to Twitter.

Like many fake social media posts, there’s a germ of truth, but it’s twisted into a falsehood.

– Campbell was quoted in April 2020 in expressing delight at an early report that the anti-parasite drug might inhibit the coronavirus. Since then, there have been continuing efforts to identify whether the relatively low-cost drug would be effective in treating patients with covid-19.

But, to date, there is insufficient evidence that ivermectin cures covid-19, even though it increasingly has been embraced by vaccine skeptics. There are numerous reports of people being hospitalized because they self-medicated with ivermectin intended for livestock.



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