UoM FSSH Journalism students win the top two prizes in the student category for the African Fact-Checking Awards 2022

Our students have won the top two prizes in the student journalist category at the African Fact-Checking Award 2022

Students Kokeelavani and Elizabeth received the trophies during a gala night at the Africa Facts Summit in Nairobi yesterday.

Vidyasharita Bumma, Kokeelavani Mauree and Sachita Gobin won the top prize (picture from AfricaCheck)

Elizabeth Henri-Héloïse is the runner-up  (picture from AfricaCheck)

Elizabeth and Kokeelavani on stage together with winners in the professional categories (picture from AfricaCheck)

The trophies received by the students (picture from Kokeelavani Mauree)

UoM FSSH students selected as finalists for the African Fact-Checking Awards 2022

Happy to announce that some of my students are finalists in the African Fact-Checking Awards 2022! Elizabeth Henri-Héloïse and Kokeelavani Mauree will travel to Nairobi in Kenya tomorrow to attend the African Fact-checking Network Summit and the awards ceremony (all costs covered by Africa Check).

From left to right:
Kokeelavani Mauree (student), Christina Chan-Meetoo (Senior Lecturer), Elizabeth Henri-Héloïse (student)

The two students are from the BSc (Hons) Communication Studies with specialisation in Journalism Yr 3 cohort. Elizabeth made an individual submission whereas Kokeelavani worked in a team of three with Vidya and Sacheeta. As Africa Check could only cover the travel expenses for one student, Kokeelavani was chosen by her team as their representative in the finals.

Their fact-checking articles were produced for the Semester 2 part of the module “Investigative and Data-Driven Journalism”, which I taught. The articles are as follows:

They will likely receive a prize as either winner or runner-up in the competition! I can only wish them good luck in the finals!

Fact-checking articles by Journalism students

Find hereunder links to three fact-checking pieces published by Journalism students of the University of Mauritius for my Investigative and Data-Driven Journalism module this semester:

A Mauritian media organisation published an article containing misleading claims on vaccination for children

On the 21st June 2022, L’express a media house in Mauritius published an article entitled :
Vaccination des petits: grosse dose d’appréhension (Vaccination of children: a wave of apprehension), which includes statements from the group No Vax for Kids and their spokesperson Alain Sheraton. Some of the claims that were made by the group and its spokesperson seemed quite dubious :


  1. « Le docteur Robert Malone, un des experts qui a travaillé sur l’ARN messager, sont opposés à la vaccination des enfants. Il a déclaré que « cela risque de produire des protéines toxiques. Et les effets sont irréversibles
  2. « Il a même dit que les enfants ont une immunité assez forte et qu’ils n’ont pas besoin de ce vaccin. »
  3. « Le vaccin proposé par le gouvernement est encore “au stade expérimental et n’a pas franchi toutes les étapes des essais cliniques. »

Translation :

  1. Claim 1: “Doctor Robert Malone, one of the experts who worked on messenger RNA, is opposed to the vaccination of children. He said it risks producing toxic proteins. And the effects are irreversible.”
  2. Claim 2: “ He even said that children have a strong enough immunity and that they do not need this vaccine.”
  3. Claim 3: “The government’s proposed vaccine is still “in the experimental stage and has not gone through all the stages of clinical trials.

How have we proceeded with the fact check? 

Step 1: We have identified  the sources of the claims by verifying the association ‘No Covid Vax for Kids’, the profile of the interviewee Alain Sheraton and the profile of the doctor whom the latter relied upon to support his argument.

Step 2: We have highlighted concepts that were suspicious. For example: toxic proteins, strong enough immunity, experimental stage. 

Step 3:  We have inspected the arguments using reliable data from sources like BBC News, AFP Fact Check, Health Feedback, scientific research articles,  press releases including statistical surveys from Pfizer and the World Health Organisation (WHO), amongst others.

Step 4: We have come with a verdict after the fact-checking procedure has been completed. 

Why does Dr Malone’s statement which is cited by the anti-vax group seems fishy?

The media organisation quotes Alain Sheraton, spokesperson for the group No Covid Vax For Kids who referred to an existing misinformation by Dr Robert Malone. The American physician believes that the covid vaccine might produce harmful proteins and that its effects on children are irreversible. However, the author of this article, Hansa Nancoo, chose to post the claim of the spokesperson which relied on the medical practitioner without feeling the need to verify the latter’s profile. The article of l’express does not make any reference to the multiple controversies which have occurred during the pandemic about the claims which Robert Malone has made. The latter presented himself as the inventor of the mRNA vaccines on his Twitter profile which has been proven to be wrong by Politifact and international news sources like New York Times. He has indeed contributed to the technology, but there are multiple other researchers who have been instrumental in this area, including Dr. Drew Weissman and Katalin Karikó who won prestigious medical prizes.

A screenshot of the Twitter account of Robert W. Malone before he was banned from the platform

It is surprising to see that both the journalist of L’express and the interviewee did not make any effort to check the authenticity of the information and the profile of the practitioner considering that his Twitter account was even banned for spreading fake news around Covid-19 jabs and that he is known for having a history of misinformation. An article published by BBC news on the 31st January 2022 reads “Dr Malone was banned from Twitter in December last year for violating its covid misinformation policies”.

The Twitter account of Robert W. Malone was suspended in December 2021

Does the vaccine produce toxic proteins?

The claim of Dr Malone as highlighted by the interviewee Alain Sheraton asserts that:

“ Cela risque de produire des protéines toxiques. Et les effets sont irréversibles.” 


This risks producing toxic proteins. And the effects are irreversible”

A review published on the 20th December 2021 by Health Feedback, a website providing health information which is funded by Facebook, Tiktok, Google News Initiative and the University of California Merced among others completely contradicts Dr Malone’s claim by stating that “the spike protein generated from vaccines is cleared from the body after a few weeks and primarily remains at the site of infection”. Previous fact-check exercises conducted on the topic by AFP fact-checking have equally demonstrated that there has not been any scientific evidence to validate the physician’s claim. Instead of producing ‘toxic proteins’, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that mRNA vaccines have been proved to produce antibodies which prevent individuals from getting sick.

Information on the Messenger RNA 

CDC highlights the fact that researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades.

Examples of the messenger RNA vaccines would include the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This vaccine is being shipped to many parts of the world to protect oneself from the virus as reported by Pfizer

Claim 2 : “Il a même dit que les enfants ont une immunité assez forte et qu’ils n’ont pas besoin de ce vaccin”.


“He even said that children have a strong enough immunity and that they do not need this vaccine.”

Immunity is the collective term for the physiological processes that allow a person’s body to identify substances as alien and neutralize, remove, or metabolize them without causing harm to its own tissue. Here, Alain Sheraton is referring to a claim stated by the ‘misinformation star’ Robert Malone, that all children worldwide, without the exception of those with innate immune deficit or with any type of comorbidity, have the same level of immunity. 

This particular sentence doesn’t seem to make any difference between children of different age groups, as well as children who may have different levels of immunity or who may have comorbidities. An article published by The National Library of Medicine states that a person’s immunity is based on hereditary or non-hereditary influences. Another article on the same website mentions that new-borns and premature babies tend to have weak innate immunity as compared to when they would grow up. However, Alain Sheraton’s statement groups together all children and asserts that all of them have exactly the same level of immunity, which according to him is strong enough and therefore they would not need the vaccine. 

What does the WHO suggest about the vaccination of children aged 5-11?

The WHO recommends countries to use the Pfizer vaccine in children aged between 5-11 with comorbidities. Moreover, a recent article published on the WHO highlights the fact that the Government of Mauritius will provide Pfizer vaccination to around 307 educational institutions. This campaign has been made possible under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and a representative of WHO named Dr I. Hazarika, who have assured the population that the vaccination is safe and crucial for the children. 

Why are young immune systems still on the top?

An immunologist at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne, stated that “children recently infected with SARS-CoV-2 have been found to have higher levels of activated neutrophils, cells that are on the front line in the response to unfamiliar invaders. Neutrophils ingest viral particles before they have a chance to replicate“. Thus, the innate immune system in kids have the power to fight coronavirus, hence proving Sheraton’s claim to be partly true.

Claim 3 : “Le vaccin proposé par le gouvernement est encore “au stade expérimental et n’a pas franchi toutes les étapes des essais cliniques”.


“The government’s proposed vaccine is still “in the experimental stage and has not gone through all the stages of clinical trials“.

In this claim dated 21st June 2022, the group No Covid Vax for Kids states that Pfizer, the vaccine dedicated to children under 12 years old in Mauritius as well as for people over 40 years old as shown in the communique of the Economic Development Board, has not gone through all the stages of clinical trials. 

Despite the fact that he was in a conference against 5-11 years vaccinations, in his statement, Alain Sheraton does not clearly state whether he is targeting the vaccine that was made specifically for the 5-11 years old or is he generally speaking about the vaccine for any age group.

It should be noted that Pfizer has split the vaccine dosage according to different age groups as follows:

Each category has its own different clinical trials carried out by Pfizer/BioNTech.

According to the Food and Drug Administration’s conditions , a vaccine in the US requires having undergone a minimum of 3 phases to clinical trials before it is approved and licensed. It can be seen that Pfizer has completed its phase 3 of trial, based on 3082 children aged between 5-11, as published in a report by the World Health Organisation.

However, it is possible that the vaccine has been studied during 2021 against all variants of SARS-CoV-2 that had developed in that particular time span. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control shows that Omicron had developed other sub-variants namely BA.4 and BA.5 in January and February 2022 respectively.

Moreover, according to Defimedia.info cases of Omicron BE have been reported during the month of July 2022 in Mauritius as well, that has not yet been documented by the WHO.

Hence, it can be said that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has officially completed all stages of clinical trial for approval. However, its efficiency against new sub-variants which have emerged after approval has not yet been proved. Additionally, there have been counter studies concerning Pfizer (BNT162b2) which show that the 5-11 years olds’ vaccine’s effectiveness has significantly declined and that they showed less protection against Delta. In this case, there is no evidence yet to prove that another clinical trial can be expected to be carried out by Pfizer/BioNTech concerning the 5-11 years olds so that the suitable dosage of a shot can be reconfirmed against Delta.

Available data :

  1. Supports the first claim that the information provided by Doctor Robert Malone is misleading and incorrect since it has been proven that the vaccines do not produce toxic spike proteins. 
  2. Shows that the second claim is partially correct since  research proves that the children’s immunity is actually strong.
  3. Shows that the third claim is partially incorrect given that Pfizer has completed the vaccine’s clinical trial for the 2021 SARS-CoV-2 variants.
Consequences of sharing such claims

Claim 1: Sharing such claims without verifying the information can mislead the public into thinking that the vaccines are extremely toxic for children and thus, many parents are less likely to consider vaccinating their offspring. 

Claim 2: Parents might start thinking that their kids are absolutely not at risk of being Covid-19 positive.
Claim 3: Such claims as those made by the No Covid Vax for Kids group which sow doubts about the approval status of the vaccine can discourage parents from agreeing to vaccinate their kids. So far, only 12,290 schoolchildren have received the first dose of the Covid vaccine.

Summing up… 

The period of Covid-19 has undoubtedly witnessed a surge of vaccine misinformation and unfortunately, Mauritian media organisations like L’express seem to be encouraging such practices occasionally. The spokesperson of the group along with the newspaper can be perceived as contributing to the spread of misinformation. It is irresponsible of L’express for not verifying the content before publishing to prevent this misinformation  spread considering that vaccination for kids is a sensitive topic. 

Upon using reliable sources of information, it has been shown that the claims stated by members of the group No Covid Vax for Kids are partially false. The first claim is incorrect and the two last claims are misleading. 

Fact-check produced by: Mauree Kokeelavani, Bumma Vidyasharita, Gobeen Sachita

Under the supervision of Christina Chan Meetoo

Module: Investigative and data driven Journalism

Bsc (Hons) Communications Studies (Specialisation Journalism) Year 3

University of Mauritius

A Mauritian newspaper published a claim that the current government used Bangladeshi workers to win the 2019 general elections.

About the article

The article “Les votants étrangers, surtout les Bangladeshis, most welcome!” is an opinion piece which was published on 21 May 2022 by the daily newspaper L’express and signed with the pseudonymn EL Figaro.

The title carries the sub-text that foreign voters, especially Bangladeshis, have been used by the ruling coalition to win elections and are thus being massively welcome in Mauritius to rig elections.

Claim that needs to be fact checked

The key claim is that foreign workers from Bangladesh largely contributed to the victory of “L’Alliance Morisien (MSM / ML)” in the legislative elections of Mauritius in 2019.

Bangladeshis in Mauritius on Election Day in 2019 (Picture published by L’express)

These are the sentences which we propose to examine in our fact-check:

Vu que dans certaines circonscriptions, seulement des dizaines de votes séparaient les gagnants des vaincus, cela prouverait qu’il n’était pas nécessaire de véhiculer des milliers et des milliers de Bangladeshis vers les centres de vote. Quelques centaines de votants spéciaux auraient pu faire toute la différence.

Translation: “Since in some constituencies, only dozens of votes separated the winners from the losers, this would prove that it was not necessary to transport thousands and thousands of Bangladeshis to the polling centers. A few hundred special voters could have made all the difference.

The MSM/ML coalition won the 2019 elections with 37% of the votes and, according to the article, if Soopramanien Kistnen (MSM agent killed in October 2020) was still alive, he could have made revelations about the alleged operation set up to get Bangladeshis to vote, the largest contingent of foreign workers residing in Mauritius (30,000 and 40,000).

The article also claims that the ruling party has a database listing all foreign workers and that a contractor who is a man of confidence in the government, a close friend of a minister, brings in the foreigners. It further claims that, on polling day, the ruling party is able to have a small team of mobilizers like Kistnen to get out the vote (GOTV) of these foreigners. The author states that Kistnen is unfortunately no longer in this world to describe the GOTV plan in detail.

Soopramanien Kistnen (Picture published by Le Matinal)

Mauritius’ electoral system 

First, we propose to check whether “in some constituencies, only dozens of votes separated the winners from the losers“. Before checking the election results, we need to understand the Mauritian electoral system. The electoral system is a Block Vote (BV) system which is the use of First-Past-The Past (FPTP) voting in multimember districts.

There are 62 elected representatives by party list from 20 three-seat constituencies for the main island and one two-seat constituency for Rodrigues, an island located some 560 km east of the main island. In addition to this “block-voting”, a maximum of eight additional seats may be allocated to the “best losers” on the basis of their ethno-religious communities in order to ensure that seats are allocated to any under-represented communities. (Source: EISA)

Ballot boxes being carried by electoral officers: (Picture published by Defi Media)

To proceed with our fact-check, we have examined the detailed results per constituency using data published by the Electoral Supervisory Commission. For each constituency, we have calculated the gap betwen the third elected candidate and the fourth (unelected) candidate.

Table 1:
 Gaps between the third elected candidates and the fourth (unelected) candidates per constituency

Table compiled using election results published by the Electoral Supervisory Commission

*Note that on the island of Rodrigues only the first two candidates get a seat in parliament. 


What did the results of the votes reveal about gaps between winners and losers?

There are 6 constituencies (numbers 1,14,15,16,17,19) where the gap is small between the candidates of L’Alliance Morisien (MSM/ML) and the 4th (unelected) candidates from other parties which are the L’Alliance Nationale (PTR/PMSD) and the MMM. By adding up all these differences in these 6 constituencies, the total comes up to 574 differences in votes.

Based on our calculations, the author’s point about the small gap between the third elected candidate and the fourth unelected candidate is entirely valid.

In the same paragraph, the author states that, in some constituencies, only dozens of votes separated the winners from the losers, which proved that it was not necessary to transport thousands and thousands of Bangladeshis to the voting centers. A few hundred special voters could make all the difference.

To check this claim, we need to examine the number of foreign voters who were eligible and registered by the Electoral Supervisory Commission for the 2019 elections.

Table 2: There were 838 foreigners eligible and registered to vote for the 2019 elections

Table published by L’express in an article entitled “Dossier: recensement et droit de vote aux étrangers”

The article further states: “Si Kistnen était encore en vie, il aurait pu faire des révélations sur l’opération mise en place pour faire voter des Bangladeshis, le plus fort contingent des travailleurs étrangers résidant à Maurice. Ils seraient entre 30 000 et 40 000 ces étrangers employés par diverses entreprises.”

Translation: “If Kistnen was still alive, he could have made revelations about the operation set up to get Bangladeshis to vote, the largest contingent of foreign workers residing in Mauritius. There would be between 30,000 and 40,000 of these foreigners employed by various companies.”

By referring to the large size of the cohort of Bangladeshi workers (30,000 to 40,000), this paragraph thus insinuates that Bangladeshi voters are those who made a massive difference in the elections of candidates from the MSM/ML coalition.

The table published by the same newspaper in the article entitled “Dossier: recensement et droit de vote aux étrangers” clearly indicates that only 45 Bangladeshis were registered to vote for the 2019 general elections. This is in clear contrast with the allusion to the 30,000 to 40,000 Bangladeshi workers. It also seems grossly unfair to target this particular cohort of foreigners as it can be seen that they represent only 5.36% of registered foreign voters. The largest number of foreign voters actually orignate from India, followed by South Africa and Britain.

For the sake of argument, we will take into consideration the 523 Indian voters, because in Mauritius, Bangladeshis and Indians are often associated. The total number of Indian and Bangladeshi registered voters is 568 (523+45). It is thus true that the votes of these foreigners can make a difference in the election results. But we do not know how many of them actually voted and in which constituency they voted. We will never know as well for which party they voted because it is confidential.

Note: an email has been sent to the office of the Electoral Supervisory Commission (ESC) to find out the number of foreigners who voted in each constituency. The information will be updated as soon as they have replied.

Email sent to an officer of the Electoral Supervisory Commission

Simulation of 2019 election results without Indian and Bangladeshi votes

Let us do a simulation to check if the claim in the article is true (that is, that foreigners influenced the results), and what would be the final outcome of the election without Indian and Bangladeshi voters. As mentioned earlier, there are 6 constituencies that may be referred to in this claim. The 6 seats of these constituencies would be allocated to the 4th candidate in this simulation which are from the opposition parties.

Simulation of election results without Indian and Bangladeshi votes.

Thus, based on the claim that foreigners helped the MSM/ML win elections, the simulation clearly shows that even if foreigners had not voted for MSM/ML, the outcome would have been in the latter’s favor since they would still be in the lead, although this lead would have been reduced with a total of 32 seats. 

The results also show that, in constituencies 3 and 5, there was a small gap between the 3rd and 4th candidates of the other two parties. So, winning by a small margin was not just for MSM/ML candidates.

What if the opposition had decided to unite?

If the opposition had decided to unite

Even if the two opposition parties had decided to unite, according to the simulation, the MSM/ML coalition would still have led. However, they would have a smaller majority in this scenario, that is, by 4 seats instead of 16 seats.

Official election results: 38 – 22 = 16 seats

Simulated election results: 32 – 28 = 4 seats

Result after fact-checking the claim

The claim that these foreign Bangladeshi workers, as the article says, determined the victory of L’Alliance Morisien (MSM/ML), is false because the current government won the elections by 38 seats against 22. Even if Indian and Bangladeshi foreigners (568) had not voted in favour of the current government, but had voted in favour of other parties or even had not voted, the simulation shows that L’Alliance Morisien (MSM/ML), would still have won the majority, albeit with a smaller gap. And even if there had been a coalition between the opposition parties, the results would have been 32 to 28 seats in favour of the current governing coalition. It should also be noted that no data has been published about the real participation of foreigners in the last general elections as some of those registered may have abstained from voting on polling day as is the case for Mauritian voters (23% abstention rate according to the ESC).

Consequences of sharing such a claim in Mauritius.

The title ‘Les votants étrangers, surtout les Bangladeshis, most welcome!’ itself is a real problem as it is directly targeting Bangladeshis whereas they are a very small minority of registered voters as compared to other nationalities. So, the real issue in this article is the treatment Bangladeshis are getting from the media. While on the list of registered foreign voters, India is first with 523 registered voters, South Africa is second with 68 registered voters and Britain third with 67 registered voters, the article does not even mention them. The article directly targets Bangladeshis who are only fourth with 45 registered voters on the list. Thus, the article contains racist and xenophobic undertones against Bangladeshis.

Picture from an article entitled “Union takes Mauritian employer to court after migrant (Bangladeshi) worker dies” published by IndustriALL Global Union

Publishing this type of piece without verifying the data can lead to social consequences. There have been cases of Bangladeshis being abused in Mauritius in the past. And politics is one of the most consumed news in Mauritius. Therefore, tying Bangladeshis to political affairs can escalate the situation and sow disorder in the country. Conversely, it should be kept in mind that there are approximately 188,300 Mauritians living abroad (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom), i.e 14.8% of the Mauritian population and that they would certainly not like to be treated in the same way in their country of adoption.

Fact-check produced by Robbie Neville Pyndiah

Under the supervision of Christina Chan-Meetoo

Module: Investigative and Data-Driven Journalism

BSc (Hons) Journalism Year 3

University of Mauritius

La hausse du prix des carburants à Maurice : est-ce qu’il y a eu une hausse de 140% ?

Les récents débats à Maurice ont été longuement animés par la hausse du prix des carburants. Une hausse qui ne laisse pas indifférents les automobilistes mauriciens. Cette vidéo tentera d’analyser et de vérifier les propos du Premier Ministre mauricien face à cette hausse du prix à la pompe.

“Fact-check” produit par Elizabeth Henri-Héloïse

Sous la supervision de Christina Chan-Meetoo

Dans le cadre du module “Investigative and Data-Driven Journalism”

3ème année de journalisme

Université de Maurice

Fact-checking articles about Covid-19 by Journalism students

Covid-19 Scams, Image Source: Ophtek

Find hereunder links to five fact-checking pieces published by Journalism students of the University of Mauritius for my Digital Journalism module this semester:

A news organisation in Mauritius published a misleading headline about the mixture of different jabs of covid-19 vaccines

Authors: Tasnim Domun and Nouf Gounjaria

Fact-checking article published as part of an assignment for the Digital Journalism module at the University of Mauritius

Article analysed: https://www.lexpress.mu/node/390480

Source: University of Oxford

During the month of March 2021, L’express, a media organisation in Mauritius, published an interview with a Mauritian cardiologist entitled: Dr Sunil Gunness: “A dose of one vaccine and a booster of a different one can even be better than two doses of the same vaccine.” (See below the headline of the article by L’Express and the claim)

Why is it misleading/risky to use this as a headline?

First and foremost, during this interview, Doctor Sunil Gunness simply answered the question of the journalist by stating his personal opinion/advice. With the use of words like, “I don’t think” and “it seems”, it is obvious that his claim was not factual, he was uncertain about his claim, and the result of the research of Oxford University might contradict this. Further, with a lot of controversy cropping up worldwide, people are hesitant and indecisive of whether to be vaccinated or not. Thus, with much restlessness, they are fervently following every news piece (developments) related to COVID-19 vaccination, and this is the case for Mauritian people as well. Hence, with such a headline, it can easily mislead the Mauritian population (they might not read the full article and quickly jump to a conclusion). With the availability of WhatsApp and other social media sites, this news piece could go viral, causing people to make different assumptions and believing that the statement is true, when it is not the case, as the results of the study were not yet posted at that time. To sum up, it is only an interview – with the doctor expressing his opinions – and the statement was not yet scientifically proven.

Is it good to share such a claim with the public?

The cardiologist said that the University of Oxford has recently embarked on the study mentioned above. The University announced this on 4th February 2021. However, the results were published on 28th June 2021 on the website of University of Oxford, and it does support the claim (Mixed Oxford/Pfizer vaccine schedules generate robust immune response against COVID-19, finds Oxford-led study), but at the time Doctor Sunil Gunness made this claim, the results were not yet published, meaning that there was no proof or scientific data to support his statement. It is crucial for health professionals, authorities, or news organizations to check any claims or health related information before communicating these to the public, as this can severely mislead the population, possibly resulting in unwanted repercussions.

Is the mixture of two COVID-19 vaccines recommended by The World Health Organisation (WHO)?

According to Reuters World, The World Health Organisation warns individuals against mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines. The following is a tweet by a chief scientist at WHO, Dr Soumya Swaminathan.

Moreover, according to Healthline, a website providing health information, Dr Nikhil Bhayani, an infectious disease specialist stated in March 2021 that “the use of two different vaccines is not recommended.

One can assume that an infectious specialist’s claim is more reliable than that of a cardiologist’s claim in matters concerned with vaccines.

It must also be noted that Doctor Sunil Gunness did not mention about which combination of vaccines are practicable, again creating doubts in the minds of the Mauritians. The vaccines approved for use in Mauritius are Gamaleya Sputnik V, Gamaleya Sputnik Light, Oxford/Astrazeneca, Bharat Biotech Covaxin, and Sinopharm (Source: COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker). It should be noted that it is the mixing of the Oxford–AstraZeneca jab and the Pfizer–BioNTech that is being tested in the Oxford University study and that the Pfizer vaccine is not yet available in Mauritius.

An article in Nature which reports about the study also cites another study conducted by Saarland University in Homburg, Germany and states that, despite optimism about the possibility of mixing vaccines, “the trials so far have been too small to test how effective combinations of vaccines are at preventing people from developing COVID-19. Martina Sester, the immunologist who led the study, declared: “As long as you don’t have any long-term or any follow-up studies with efficacy calculations, it’s hard to say the level or duration of protection.”

Summing up…

The news organisation used this particular claim of Dr Sunil Gunness as a headline, but it was only an opinion of the latter about a possibility at the moment the article was published. With reference to other questions in the interview, it can be seen that he believes that the WHO’s approval is necessary. He simply stated his personal opinion, and has the right to do so. However, the news organisation should have been more careful, because vaccination topic is a sensitive one in these times. For L’express to use this section of his interview as a headline is not totally responsible, due to the reasons mentioned previously. An example of a preferred title could be: The mixture of COVID-19 vaccines may be feasible but extensive research needed. In such a way, the Mauritian audience would take the time to read the article to discover if this is a fact-checked statement or just an opinion.

Does covid vaccination endanger women’s lives as claimed by an article?

Team: Avinash Dhondoo, Yeshikha Doobaree, Owen Lim Chin Fa

Fact-checking article published as part of an assignment for the Digital Journalism module at the University of Mauritius

Article to be analysed for fact checking :

(“Saignements menstruels post-vaccination : Une vraie pharmacovigilance peut sauver des vies”) published by Mauritius Times

Does Covid vaccination have an impact on menstrual bleeding and does it endanger women’s lives?

On the 9th of July, Mauritius Times published an article in which it is mentioned that studies have shown that abnormal menstrual bleeding following vaccination can be life-threatening for women and yet, they are trivialized by medical authorities. According to the article, this demonstrates the importance of pharmacovigilance with a human face, with real medical monitoring of vaccinated people.

Catherine Boudet, the author of the article is a political analyst specialized in Mauritian democracy. She is regularly invited by the Mauritian media to provide her analyses on Mauritian politics. Unfortunately, the article that she has written in the Mauritius Times does not contain factual information. The very first line of the article is a proof that whatever she is saying is not a fact.

« Les témoignages se multiplient : des femmes se plaignant de douleurs au ventre, de retards de leurs menstruations et de saignements anormaux suite à la vaccination anti-covid. A tel point que la presse s’est fait écho de ces cris d’alerte. »

Which can be translated as :

“The testimonies are multiplying: women complaining of stomach pains, delayed menstruation and abnormal bleeding following the anti-covid vaccination such that the press had to put forward this “cry of alarm”.

But where is the “cry of alarm”?

Piece of article to be fact-checked:

Studies have shown that abnormal menstrual bleeding post vaccination can be life threatening for women “.

This claim by Catherine Boudet is not totally true. It is a fact that an individual can have side effects post-vaccination which are fever, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, nausea, sore throat, diarrhea, and vomiting and nowhere it is mentioned that the vaccine is life-threatening for women.

Catherine Boudet has also cited the statements given by Doctor Catherine Gaud, epidemiologist and Senior Adviser on Public Health Matters, using subtle formulations which clearly seek to undermine the latter’s credibility. We feel like she is trying to prove Dr Catherine Gaud wrong despite the fact that she herself is not a doctor and is not medically qualified. For example, she writes:

“… elle allait même jusqu’à déclarer…” [which can be translated as: “… she even went so far as to state …”]

Se montrant même catégorique …” [which can be translated as: “She even went so far as to be categorical…]

It should be noted that one of the statements by Dr Catherine Gaud which was published in L’express of the 9th June 2021, an article mentioned here, is as follows:

Dr Catherine Gaud, adviser to the Ministry of Health affirms: “Even if we trained doctors when they are administered Covaxin, they spoke a lot about their reservations to their patients, whereas at present, the vaccine does nothing to women who wish to get pregnant in the future”. (Our translation).

To be noted that even in an article from the BBC, it has been mentioned that vaccination does not really affect the menstrual cycle: “During the consultation about the Covid vaccine, you will likely be warned of possible side effects like fever, headache, and sore arm for a day or two after the vaccination. However, menstrual cycle changes are not in the list.

The World Health Organization on its website answered a few questions related to the COVID vaccine in which one question is about the side effects that women may have after the jab.

Below is a screenshot of the answer concerning the side effects about Covid vaccine for women from WHO.

The claim that the “vaccine is life-threatening for women” is very misleading especially when it is stated just on the first line of the article. Many Mauritians are still in a dilemma of whether they should get vaccinated or not, and when such an article is published, it is obvious that this will create more fear in an individual’s mind which is not correct. Somehow by using words like “danger”, “cry of alarm”, Catherine Boudet is misleading people by making them think that vaccination is not something that we can rely on and women doing it may die. This is quite a powerful statement as this has not been proven yet. Of course, some may have some side effects but to go to the extent of “dying” is quite exaggerated. Or maybe, she made use of wrong words by trying to explain the side effects of vaccines on women. It is surprising to see that a woman who usually comes forward with very precise information and powerful and pertinent views about certain subjects made a statement like this without getting more involved in the research part.

Catherine Boudet is considered to have a very good reputation as political analyst.

Text Box: Catherine Boudet is a political analyst specialized in the Mauritian democracy, Dr Catherine Boudet was born on Reunion island and lives in Mauritius. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science of Bordeaux (France) and a Masters in Comparative Politics from the Institute of Political Science of Aix-en-Provence (France). Dr Catherine Boudet has an academic background in African politics, with a focus on Mauritian democracy, especially in the fields of identity politics, ethno-nationalism, nation-building and consociational democracy. Her Ph.D. thesis was dedicated to the Franco-Mauritian diaspora, its role in the political history of Mauritius and its networks in South Africa. She is regularly invited by the Mauritian media to provide her analyses on Mauritian politics. Catherine Boudet also is the author of ten poetry books and a poetry award winner.

Below are two links to her articles and debates on politics which have nothing much to do with the related subject about the Covid pandemic. They have been taken as references to put forward how she is usually pertinent on politics and this is why it is weird how she came up with such an article about Covid vaccines.

Catherine Boudet : «Une absurdité de dire que le GM a les faveurs d’un tiers de l’électorat»

Echanges animés entre Rajen Narsinghen et Catherine Boudet sur les agissements des ‘Avengers’

Hamid Merchant’s rapid response is used as only reference

More importantly, in the article of the Mauritius Times, the author says that the British Medical Journal published an article entitled “CoViD-19 post-vaccine menorrhagia, metrorrhagia or postmenopausal bleeding and potential risk of vaccine-induced thrombocytopenia in women” written by Hamid Merchant. Below a screenshot of the paragraph can be found.

This can be translated as:

“Yet, international specialist medical publications are sounding the alarm about post-vaccination menstrual bleeding. In particular the British Medical Journal which published on April 18, a pharmacy researcher’s article entitled ‘Covid-19 post-vaccine menorrhagia, metrorrhagia or postmenopausal bleeding and potential risk of vaccine-induced thrombocytopenia in women’.

Its author, Hamid Merchant, of the English University of Huddersfield, specifies that many women around the world have complained of menstrual disturbances and even vaginal bleeding after receiving a vaccine against Covid-19. “Some experience heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), others bleeding before their periods or frequent bleeding (metrorrhagia / polymenorrhea), while still others have complained of postmenopausal bleeding,” the author continues.”

While it is true that Hamid Merchant wrote this, the article is not really an article which we can refer to put forward analysis, but rather a rapid response to an actual research article entitled “Thrombosis after covid-19 vaccination” by Paul R Hunter, a Professor in Medicine in the UK. Below you can find the rapid response of Hamid Merchant which has erroneously been presented as a proper research article by Catherine Boudet.

We see that Catherine Boudet made an error when referencing her sources. She cited a rapid response, instead of the original article. A rapid response is not the same as an original research article; the claims are not of the same importance. A research article in a research journal is generally peer-reviewed to check for validity of the paper presented. But, in her article, Catherine Boudet continues to emphasize on what Hamid Merchant said, as if he is the only person that can give the best opinions on this subject.

Admittedly, Hamid Merchant is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics but he did not state that he had conducted any study on the subject when he wrote his rapid response. Conversely, Paul R. Hunter is a Professor in Medicine. The UK’s National Institute for Health Research states that he “was the first professor of health protection to be appointed in the UK and is a specialist in Medical Microbiology. He works on outbreak response, emerging infectious diseases and infection in complex emergencies.”

Below you can find the original article by Paul R Hunter published in the British Medical Journal, on 14th April, which Catherine Boudet should have used for her article in the Mauritian Times.

The research article clearly stated that there were rare cases of thrombosis post-vaccination but that these “rare events should not derail vaccination efforts”.

At the end if we take consideration a lot of the factors analysed above, it can be seen that:

  1. The author of the article, Catherine Boudet, gave us the impression that she is referencing a lot of articles and other authors while she ended up taking only Hamid Merchant who only gave his opinion as a reader in reaction to a proper research article.
  2. Her words were quite exaggerated, unnecessarily trying to create chaos and panic in the minds of individuals especially women. The menstrual phase for a woman is a very sensitive subject in itself and coming with such articles can create anxiety.
  3. Catherine Boudet gave us the impression that Dr Catherine Gaud’s experiences and opinions do not count at all and that the latter is completely wrong in all the things that she said on this subject while Catherine Boudet herself took only Dr Hamid Merchant as reference rather than Prof Paul R. Hunter.


Real PDF of Paul R Hunter – https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/373/bmj.n958.full.pdf
Rapid Response Of Hamid Merchant – https://www.bmj.com/content/373/bmj.n958/rr-2

Reference to these articles:

https://ionnews.mu/coronavirus-les-vaccins-ont-ils-un-effet- Coronavirus : Les vaccins ont-ils un effet sur les règles ?

https://www.lexpress.mu/article/394942/covid-19-vaccins- Covid-19 – vaccins: quels effets sur les règles ?

L’Ivermectine pour traiter la Covid-19: une dangereuse affirmation

Par Chavee Bacchoo, Ethan Boyjoo, Hanshika Heeramun

Fact-checking article published as part of an assignment for the Digital Journalism module at the University of Mauritius

L’article intitulé “Dr Marie Christine Piat, Docteur en médecine : « Je soutiens l’Ivermectine parce qu’il est efficace contre la Covid… Et je me dis: qu’est-ce qu’on attend ? »”, prétend que l’Ivermectine peut être utilisé contre la Covid-19. Cependant, l’OMS, la FDA ainsi que plusieurs études démontrent qu’il n’y a aucune confirmation concernant l’éfficacité et l’innocuité de ce médicament contre cette maladie.

Le Dr. Marie Christine Piat, un médecin généraliste, affirme que la solution est l’Ivermectine mais cette affirmation n’est pas fondée. Il est donc dangereux et irresponsable de sa part de tenir de tels propos lors d’un entretien pour un journal grand public. En effet, notre analyse est basée sur trois essais cliniques notamment ceux du Chest Journal, du JAMA Network et de l’Université des Sciences Médicales de Qazvin, qui indique qu’il est dangereux d’utiliser ce médicament non-approuvé par l’OMS.

Non à l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine contre le nouveau Coronavirus sans données solides!

Cette période de pandémie a vu circuler beacoup de fausses nouvelles, de mythes, toutes sortes de remèdes de grands-mères, entre autres. Il faut cependant bien s’informer avant de prendre des médicaments, et il est surtout très important de prendre uniquement des médicaments qui ont été testés et approuvés, notamment par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé.

Or, le médecin Marie Christine Piat qui exerce comme généraliste depuis 25 ans a expliqué, dans son interview, qu’elle soutient l’Ivermectine car, selon elle, ce médicament est : « efficace » et « safe ». Elle clame que « les études in vitro ont prouvé sans ambiguïté » son efficacité et son innocuité.

Dr. Piat clame que l’Ivermectine est efficace, abordable et sûr

En ce qui concerne l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine pour traiter la Covid-19, l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé a publié le 31 mars 2021, un article pour informer le monde qu’elle recommande l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine uniquement pour les essais cliniques.

Déclaration de l’OMS recommandant l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine uniquement pour les essais cliniques

Dans son entretien avec Le Mauricien, le Dr. Piat minimise l’importance de l’OMS en disant que l’instance administrative et régulatrice ne travaille pas sur le terrain. L’ironie est que le Dr. Piat n’est qu’une généraliste et non pas une spécialiste en maladies respiratoires.

Déclaration ironique du Dr. Piat concernant le rôle de l’OMS qui n’est, pour elle, “qu’une instance administrative”.

Il n’y a pas que l’OMS qui avertit sur l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine en dehors du cadre de recherches cliniques. La FDA (U.S Food & Drug Administration), organisme qui régule les médicaments aux États-Unis, a aussi clairement averti contre l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine pour traiter le Covid-19. Cette agence rappelle que la molécule est surtout utilisée chez les animaux et l’utilisation non-approuvée peut avoir des conséquences dangereuses chez les humains. Cette déclaration est donc en opposition avec ce qu’a dit le Dr. Piat.

La mise en garde de la FDA contre l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine chez les humains

L’Agence Européenne des Médicaments met également en garde contre l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine en dehors des essais cliniques en faisant les mêmes rappels que l’OMS et la FDA.

Il convient de souligner que l’Université d’Oxford au Royaume Uni a récemment ajouté l’Ivermectine à un grand essai clinique pour analyser l’efficacité du traitement contre le Covid-19 [https://www.clinicaltrialsarena.com/news/ivermectin-principle-trial-covid/] mais que cette étude n’est pas encore terminée. Les conclusions ne sont donc pas encore disponibles.

À propos de l’Ivermectine

L’entreprise biopharmaceutique Merck a publié une déclaration en ligne le 04 février 2021 pour affirmer qu’il n’y a aucune base scientifique jusqu’ici pour prouver l’efficacité de l’Ivermectine contre la Covid-19.

Quand le Dr Piat mélange les termes “in vivo” et “in vitro

Il faut se rappeler que la FDA avait confirmé l’efficacité de ce médicament uniquement contre le SARS-Cov2 in vitro en 2020, contrairement à l’affirmation du Dr Piat qui parle d’études in vivo. Mais que veulent dire ces termes? Tout simplement, la locution latine “in vivo” signifie “dans le vivant“, donc des tests effectués sur des organismes vivants, en milieu naturel . Par opposition, “in vitro” signifie “sous verre“, donc en laboratoire dans des cellules cultivées en dehors de leur milieu naturel. Les conclusions d’une étude réalisée in vitro sont utiles pour tester des hypothèses comme étape préliminaire mais ne sont pas nécessairement transposables telles quelles à la réalité [voir https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/in-vivo-vs-in-vitro#in-vitro] .

Les déclarations publiées par les différentes instances mentionnées nous passent un message commun : il n’y a aucune confirmation que l’Ivermectine soit efficace contre la Covid-19. Cela réfute donc les propos du Dr. Marie Christine Piat qui semble rassurer la population mauricienne que de nombreuses études ont prouvé que l’utilisation d’un médicament non-approuvé est efficace et « safe ».

Dr. Marie Christine Piat, explique son point de vue sur l’efficacité de l’Ivermectine comme un “outil supplémentaire”. Elle base son argument sur le fait que la Grande Péninsule a autorisé dans ses quatre États, l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine et elle ajoute également, que grâce à cette décision, il y a eu un déclin dans le taux de mortalité. Or, rien ne le prouve. À ce sujet, le journal français Ouest-France a publié en juin 2021 un article sur l’Ivermectine dont le titre relie le médicament avec le mot “controversé“.

Source: https://www.ouest-france.fr/sante/virus/coronavirus/cinq-questions-sur-l-ivermectine-ce-medicament-controverse-utilise-par-l-inde-contre-le-covid-19-2fa4fa60-cab9-11eb-970e-1ac8a79f7b68

Les conséquences de l’auto-administration de l’Ivermectine

Julie Weber, la Présidente de l’American Association of Poison Control Centers qui est aussi la directrice de la Missouri Poison Center, a expliqué qu’il y a une confusion entre l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine pour les animaux et pour les humains. Malheureusement, beaucoup de personnes ont décidé ne pas se renseigner et ils se sont donc auto-administrés une dose d’Ivermectine prescrite pour les chevaux. Cette dose est définitivement beaucoup trop grande. Conséquence: les centres américains antipoison et de la toxicovigilance accueillent donc un grand nombre de personnes avec environ 40 à 50 appels additionnels chaque jour.

Julie Weber souligne un manque d’information portant à confusion concernant l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine chez les animaux et les humains

Il est important de bien informer le public et de bien s’informer avant de proposer une solution. Par exemple, le Dr. Joshua Nogar du Northwell Health indique que certains ont consommé du détergent, du désinfectant pour les mains, de l’eau de Javel entre autres, pour essayer de tuer le virus dû à un manque d’information, voire à une désinformation délibérée.

ABC News: Dr. Joshua Nogar parle de la dangerosité et de l’inéfficacité de ces “remèdes alternatifs”

En Afrique du Sud, les citoyens demandaient au gouvernement de légaliser l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine Dans la région de Pietermaritzburg, deux personnes se sont retrouvées aux soins intensifs après avoir pris une overdose d’Ivermectine.

Dans un article publié par la BBC News, le Professeur Abdool Karim, un médecin sud-africain, a expliqué que la dose d’Ivermectine recommandée pour lutter contre la Covid-19 chez les humains peut être toxique. Le Professeur Rietze Rodseth, spécialiste des soins intensifs en Afrique du Sud, a aussi affirmé que la qualité des résultats des études réalisées pour déterminer l’efficacité de l’Ivermectine n’est toujours pas rassurante.

Dosage d’Ivermectine chez les humains

En effet, comme le suggèrent des études en pharmacocinétique et pharmacodynamique, la dose requise pour atteindre la concentration de plasma nécessaire pour avoir l’efficacité antivirale contre la Covid-19 détectée in vitro serait plus de 100 fois supérieure à celle approuvée sur les humains (Chaccour, Carlos et al., 2021) & (Guzzo, Cynthia A et al., 2002).

Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/11094854_Safety_Tolerability_and_Pharmacokinetics_of_Escalating_High_Doses_of_Ivermectin_in_Healthy_Adult_Subjects


DOSE D’IVERMECTINE RECOMMANDÉE200 ug/kg (200 micrograms (mcg) per kilogram (kg) (91 mcg per pound) of body weight as a single dose. L’équivalent d’une concentration (Cmax) de 0.05 µM.      L’équivalent d’une concentration de 5 µM.
Tableau No.1: Dose d’Ivermectine recommandée chez l’homme

Dans son étude, Guzzo, Cynthia A et al. rapporte que même l’essai clinique sur l’homme avec la plus forte dose d’Ivermectin, approximativement 1700 ug/kg, avait généré une concentration maximum en plasma de 0.28μM.

Qui plus est, l’Ivermectin sous forme orale est seulement accessible sur le marché en pilules de 3 ou 4 mg, donc cela comprend un risque pour les gens qui essaieraient de s’auto-administrer des doses de cette substance car ils pourraient avoir recours à des formules plus concentrées, pouvant causer du surdosage.

Un document sur l’Ivermectin datant de 1992 de l’INCHEM (International Programme on Chemical Safety), agence spécialisée dans la gestion des substances chimiques, précise que le surdosage d’Ivermectin peut être associé à divers effets secondaires. La substance pourrait causer de la tachycardie, des fluctuations de la pression artérielle, des effets sur le SNC (somnolence, ataxie), des vomissements ainsi que des perturbations visuelles.

En outre, le site en ligne MedlinePlus, site spécialisé informations concernant la santé, ajoute que l’exposition à cette substance peut causer encore plus d’effets secondaires tels que la perte d’appétit, des brûlures d’estomac, de la diarrhée ou de la constipation et des tremblements.

Le site officiel du National Institute of Health du Royaume Uni précise aussi dans des Covid-19 Treatment Guidelines qu’il n’y a pas assez d’information du COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel tirer des conclusions claires sur l’utilisation de l’Ivermectin comme traitement pour la Covid-19. Des recherches pouvant produire des résultats prouvés et plus spécifiques sont requises pour pouvoir donner un verdict sur le rôle de l’Ivermectin contre la Covid-19.

Les études liées à l’Ivermectine: des résultats peu probants

La Société Française de Pharmacologie et de Thérapeutique (SFPT), définit l’Ivermectine comme un médicament antiparasitaire. La SFPT donne différentes raisons pour montrer que ce médicament n’est pas infaillible et peut même être inutile. “À l’heure actuelle, aucune donnée ne permet de recommander l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine pour prévenir ou traiter une infection au SARS-CoV-2. De plus, il n’existe aucune donnée concernant la sécurité de son utilisation dans cette indication“, précise la SFPT.


Une étude, par le “Chest Journal” nous parle de l’efficacité de l’Ivermectine pour le traitement des patients positifs au Covid-19 comparée à ceux qui n’ont pas été administrés le même traitement.

Extrait du Chest Journal

Sur deux cent quatre-vingts (280) patients, uniquement cent-soixante-treize (173) ont pris l’Ivermectine. Le résultat de l’observation : le taux de mortalité était plus élevé chez les patients traités sans Ivermectine (25%) comparé à ceux qui ont reçu des doses d’Ivermectine (15%). Les chercheurs précisent, dans leur conclusion, que des essais randomisés contrôlés, sont nécessaires pour valider leurs conclusions.

Nombre de Patients280Taux de Mortalité
Nombre de patients traités avec l’ivermectine17315%
Nombre de patients traités sans l’ivermectine10725%
Tableau No. 2: Résultat de l’observation


En mars 2021, le JAMA Network a publié les résultats d’un essai clinique randomisé qui ne soutiennent pas l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine pour traiter le Covid-19. Voici plus de détails :

ENDROITCali, en Colombie
TYPE D’ESSAIEssai randomisé en double aveugle
ÉTAT DE SANTE DES PATIENTSPositive à la Covid-19 et symptomatique pendant 7 jours ou moins
DOSAGE300 microgrammes chaque jour pendant 5 jours
Tableau No.3: Détails de l’essai clinique randomisé publié par le JAMA Network

Pendant cet essai, il y avait un suivi des patients pendant 21 jours. Certains patients ont signalé des symptômes indésirables tels que la céphalée (104 patients) et une défaillance multiviscérale (4 patients). Le JAMA Network laisse savoir que les résultats ne soutiennent pas l’utilisation de l’Ivermectine et recommande des études plus approfondies pour confirmer les effets de ce médicament sur les patients positifs à la covid-19.


L’Université des sciences médicales de Qazvin a publié les résultats d’un essai clinique multicentrique randomisé, en double aveugle.

ENDROITQazvin, Iran
TYPE D’ESSAIEssai multicentrique randomisé en double aveugle
ÉTAT DE SANTE DES PATIENTSLégers atteints de Covid-19 et hospitalisés
MÉDICAMENTSHydroxychloroquine et Ivermectine
DOSAGEHydroxycloroquine: 200mg deux fois par jour
Ivermectine: une dose unique de 400g/kg
trois doses à faible intervalle – 200, 200. 200 g/kg
trois doses à intervalle élevé – 400, 200, 200 g/kg
Tableau No.4: Détails concernant l’essai clinique par L’Université des Sciences Médicales de Qazvin

Durant cet essai, 5 sur 30 patients recevant 200mg d’hydroxychloroquine deux fois par jour sont décédés et 6 sur 30 patients recevant un placebo ainsi que 200mg d’hydroxychloroquine deux fois par jour sont décédés. Quant à l’Ivermectine, le taux de mortalité a baissé d’environ 15% et a réduit également la durée d’hospitalisation des patients. Les chercheurs précisent cependant que l’échantillon est limité et que des études élargies sont nécessaires.

Conclusion: Non à l’Ivermectine pour lutter contre la Covid-19 sans plus de recherche solide

Dans l’article pour Le Mauricien, le Dr. Marie Christine Piat propose l’Ivermectine comme une solution miracle mais il n’y a aucune confirmation existante concernant l’éfficacité de l’Ivermectine pour traiter la Covid-19. En effet, il y a beaucoup plus de risques que de bienfaits et la molécule n’est toujours pas approuvée par l’OMS. Avant d’adopter ce médicament, il faudrait d’abord des études plus approfondies ainsi que le feu vert de la part des instances régulatrices de la Santé car la sécurité de tout un chacun est primordiale.

Nous pouvons donc en conclure que les propos du Dr. Marie Christine Piat sont inexacts.