An Australian television network apologized after one of its news reports said the Queen took the deworming medicine ivermectin to treat her COVID-19 illness.

On Monday evening, an Australian television report aired on the Nine Network's "A Current Affair (ACA)" on Monday incorrectly said that the Queen was using Ivermectin.

Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal, a Victorian GP and former Australian Medical Association head, was included in the footage.

He has been at the vanguard of the region's COVID-19 response, running testing and immunization clinics in Melbourne's west.

Haikerwal highlighted how pharmacological therapies helped older adults who got the coronavirus during the program.

Stock photos of vials of sotrovimab, an injectable monoclonal antibody therapy for high-risk cases, were shown on the programme.

Shortly after, the movie cut to a pharmaceutical box with the words "stromectol, containing 3mg ivermectin" written on the label.

Haikerwal, per The Guardian, did not mention any specific medicine during his statements and specifically ruled out the recommendation of Ivermectin for coronavirus patients.

According to the medical professional, Ivermectin was never even mentioned on the show. He went on to say that different treatments are available for persons who are susceptible to the sickness.

The false claim led some social media users to believe the monarch was taking medicine, even though the details of her therapy have not been revealed.

Throughout Feb. 21, one video on Twitter had over 1.2 million views. The footage begins at 0:19 with visuals of a box of the medicine Stromectol. WebMD said this medicine is also known as Ivermectin.

"So the Queen gets ivermectin but YOU CANT," reads a tweet. "The Queen has been recommended Ivermectin from a specialist doctor to recover from coronavirus," reads part of another.

Reuters received an email from a representative for the Nine Network show "A Current Affair." They acknowledged the error and said they shouldn't have included the shot in the story.

Ivermectin is a parasite treatment licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration for both animals and humans. But the CDC has underscored that patients should not use it for COVID-19.

As may be observed through a search of the website, various clinical trials evaluating whether Ivermectin could be used as a viable treatment for COVID-19 have either been completed or are still ongoing.

Queen Elizabeth
Late last year, the Queen’s doctors also advised her to rest overnight in a hospital for an undisclosed reason. Getty Images

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