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Queensland MP George Christensen has turned to the unapproved anti-parasitic drug ivermectin after being diagnosed with Covid.
The unvaccinated federal member for Dawson revealed in a Facebook post he is taking a prescribed course of vitamins and ivermectin after testing positive on Sunday.
Christensen said his ‘haters’ would ‘hope for something horrible to happen’ but insisted he was recovering well.
Member for Dawson George Christensen, 43, said he is taking a prescribed course of vitamins and ivermectin after testing positive on Sunday
‘In reality, I’ve had worse cases of the man flu. And yes, I’m not vaccinated!,’ he said.
‘You can never be too careful though so I’m taking good ol’ Lemsip, Panadol, aspirin, Betadine anaesthetic lozenges, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin C as well as a couple of antivirals I can’t mention on Facebook.
‘Interestingly, as soon as I took the prescribed antiviral course I felt heaps better.’
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Christensen later confirmed on a messaging app that the drugs he was prescribed were doxycycline and ivermectin.
Doxycycline and ivermectin are both antiparasitic drugs that are not approved as Covid treatments in Australia.
In September 2021 the Australian government banned ivermectin from being prescribed for Covid.
A mid-2020 trial on ivermectin showed toxic levels of the drug had the potential to be a cure for Covid however major international studies since then have proven safe levels are not an effective treatment
However Christensen said he was prescribed the drug before it was outlawed.
‘Thankfully I was prescribed these antivirals by a GP for Covid treatment before one of them was banned for such usage in Australia.
‘Not that I want to brag about that fact but just explain that I have gotten in lawfully and am using it in a manner prescribed by a physician.’
A mid-2020 trial on ivermectin showed toxic levels of the drug had the potential to be a cure for Covid however major international studies since then have proven safe levels are not an effective treatment.
Mr Christensen was the latest in a line of high-profile critics of the vaccine mandate to claim ivermectin was helping them beat the virus, including mining magnate Clive Palmer and high profile podcaster Joe Rogan.
In his Sunday Facebook post he again questioned the September decision to ban the drug as treatment for Covid.
‘For anyone that’s read ‘The Real Anthony Fauci’ by Robert F. Kennedy, they will know the banning of antivirals for treating and preventing Covid has to have been the most stupid decision made by health authorities during the entire pandemic,’ he wrote.
United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer, 68, also recently claimed to have used ivermectin to treat Covid
Christensen resigned from his role on a parliamentary committee earlier this month after Prime Minister Scott Morrison held high-level discussions about the Dawson MP after he advised parents to not let their children receive the Covid vaccine.
Christensen will be replaced in the upcoming federal election by the twice-elected Whitsunday mayor Andrew Willcox as the LNP’s candidate for Dawson, who will run against Labor candidate Shane Hamilton.
United Australia Party chairman Palmer, 68, also recently claimed to have used ivermectin to treat Covid.
An American team of doctors instructed Australian doctors about the billionaire’s treatment in March after Palmer refused to be admitted to the ICU.
Palmer – who is also unvaccinated – suffered double pneumonia after contracting the Delta variant in Sydney.
He credits ivermectin and other controversial antiviral drugs for saving his life.
Brisbane Times revealed Christensen had emailed the head of the Therapeutic Goods Commission in January to ask ivermectin be considered a treatment for Covid.
Christensen resigned from his role on a parliamentary committee earlier this month after he advised parents to not let their children receive the Covid vaccine