A Modest Proposal Re Covid

A Modest Proposal Re Covid

by David Archibald

1 October 2021


The international immunological community has come to the conclusion that:

  • We know that we can’t live with this virus.
  • We know our vaccines aren’t enough.

Which leaves eradication as the remaining option.

This is what China has chosen to do. The country that has had a whole institute dedicated to studying this virus for 10-15 years shuts down everything and reacts to it like it’s an airborne plague every time it shows up. Thus when the Chinese national hockey team arrived in Sweden they looked like this:



For these sportsmen, catching covid and then recovering from it is not an option. Because every time you are exposed to the spike protein, either from the virus or the vaccines, some damage is done and the damage is cumulative. If you lose 30% of lung capacity in one bad episode, and lose a further 30% in another, what does that leave you with for the next round? And that’s a small part of the overall damage.

Malaria is the best analogy (regarding reinfections, lasting damage, etc.), but it is still not as bad as endemic covid will be. And endemic malaria is one of the defining features of the “Third World”. Basically, “civilized” countries that decided to live with covid are voluntarily sliding back to Third World status.

Masking should be a non-negotiable exit point — there can be no tolerable future in which everyone has to either indefinitely wear N95s all the time or get infected. Yet right now that is precisely what our overlords have decided on.

The problem with covid vaccines is that even if you vaccinate 100%, you will still have an epidemic because they are not efficient enough to prevent it. And we are just a few mutations away from an ‘escape mutant’ for which vaccines will not have any efficacy.

The major pharma companies don’t believe in their vaccines either. Pfizer and Merck are getting ready to launch expensive new anti-viral pills that can provide early outpatient treatment for covid and might perhaps even be used for prevention. At the same time, the medical establishment and Google are running a big smear campaign against ivermectin. Which is a clue.

The pharma companies and their tech company investors are this century’s “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” Ivermectin is the main molecule that would thwart that blood funnel.

It has long been theorised in the pharma industry that eradicating a disease is antithetical to maximising profitability.

Eradication of covid is not as difficult or expensive as you may have been led to believe. What happened in India is instructive. To paraphrase Shakespeare, two Indian states, both alike in dignity and at opposite ends of the country, chose different ways of handling their covid outbreaks.



Uttar Pradesh in the north used contact tracing and handed out kits containing, amongst other things, ivermectin, zinc and vitamin D3. These are the directly antiviral components of the kits which, although they contained an oximeter and a thermometer, sold for only $2.65. It is important for people to pay something to get buy-in, and this sum is what the poorest families could afford.

Kerala, in the south, chose the vaccination route. In summary, as things stand as of the moment:



Uttar Pradesh’s ivermectin-based handling of the virus is 400 times more effective than Kerala’s. Uttar Pradesh is close to eradication of covid.

Covid has caused a lot of angst and suffering in Victoria. What would it cost to replicate Uttar Pradesh’s success in Victoria?

Let’s start with the ivermectin component. In a recent encyclical, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration stated that one of the reasons it could not approve off-label use of ivermectin for covid was because there would be a shortage of it. The reality is rather different.

Those covid kits in Uttar Pradesh contain a strip of 10 tablets, each of 12 mg of contained ivermectin. That’s 120 mg in total. But let’s up that to 30 tablets to make it a 30 day course at one per day, making it 360 mg in total. Therefore one kilo would be enough for 2,800 people. So what does a kilo of ivermectin cost? Here’s a Chinese supplier who will sell you a kilo for US$200. They say their production capacity is 50 tonnes per month. That’s enough to keep 139 million people supplied at one 12 mg tablet per day, permanently. We don’t need that much. To provide a kit for each person, Victoria would need 2.4 tonnes which would cost US$480,000, or A$0.10 per head of population. Thus, the cost per ivermectin tablet is 0.3 of a cent.

The other antiviral components of the kit, zinc and vitamin D3, retail in Australia for about $0.25 per tablet/softgel. If you were making up tablets from scratch, you would combine the zinc and the ivermectin in one tablet and keep the vitamin D3 separate in a softgel capsule. All up cost at the retail level would be $0.50 per day, or $15 for the whole 30 day course.

Zinc interferes with viral replication. A number of covid protocols use zinc ionophores such as quercetin to boost the intracellular zinc level, but the Indian kit seems to work well enough without it. Using 50 mg of zinc and 12 mg of ivermectin would leave plenty of room in a tablet for, say, 200 mg of quercetin at negligible cost.

Vitamin D3 approaches ivermectin in its anti-covid efficacy. This paper notes that ‘COVID-19 mortality risk correlates inversely with vitamin D3 status, and a mortality rate close to zero could theoretically be achieved at 50 ng/ml’. That level of 50 ng/ml is the optimum level for humans. The oft-quoted standard of 20 ng/ml is the minimum that stops bone-softening and was adopted from that. Toxicity doesn’t start until 100 ng/ml. Vitamin D3 has good anticancer efficacy as well.    

To give the whole of Victoria, suckling infants and all, a one month kit would cost $100 million. That is cheaper than the current approach and far more likely to be successful. One bonus will be a lower incidence of cancer.

In 2013, before ivermectin was political, a paper on the virtues of ivermectin and its boundless promise came to the conclusion that we have an ‘ivermectin deficiency syndrome’. Yes we do, but it will be so cheap to remedy that.


David Archibald is the author of The Anticancer Garden in Australia.


Author declaration: Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration, under some pretext, seized 2,000 ivermectin tablets I’d imported from India. They are not good people.

The ABC aren’t good people either, but at least they gave me a an honorary doctorate.