Kenai Borough mayor advocates farm animal drug to treat COVID-19

KENAI (AP) – The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, who is not a medical professional, has promoted a debunked treatment for COVID-19 that is intended more for farm animals.

Mayor Charlie Pierce has publicly backed the use of ivermectin, an anti-parasitic deworming drug, the Peninsula Clarion newspaper reported Aug. 25. Livestock supply stores in the borough, south of Anchorage, have received numerous inquiries about the drug in the recent weeks.

Pierce has twice defended use of the drug, first at last week’s borough meeting and during a radio show on Kenai Peninsula radio station KSRM.

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