Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.
Advocates expressed concerns that the contribution would become a vehicle for multinational companies, such as Nestlé, to influence the work of WHO, and not a good start for the work of its foundation.
Ivermectin’s story shares similarities with hydroxychloroquine. Both drugs are cheap, widely available, and have been used to treat other diseases prior to COVID-19. But if it will have the same fate is yet to be determined.
“We think our strength is really in once those vaccines are available, is how to get them to communities and ensure that communities are comfortable accepting vaccines,” Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus at Rotary International, tells Devex.