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WATCH THE WATER UPDATE: A Decades-Long Shortage Of Anti-Venom?


I recently covered an update from Dr. Ardis (which you can read here: Dr. Ardis update)…

But while writing that article, I also came across this.

I thought you might find it VERY interesting…

This is an update on the “Watch the Water” documentary that went viral recently.

You’ve probably already seen it, but in case you haven’t I have all the details in the article below, plus the full video, plus my take on everything.

You can read that here:

WATCH THE WATER: My Take On The Viral New Documentary [Review by NOAH]

But now I want to advance the story...

Thank you to a reader who tipped me onto this story, because it really is quite interesting.

How many people do you think are affected by snake bites each year?

Has to be a relatively small number, right?

It is.

A very, very small percentage of the world's population.

And yet...there has apparently been a "serious snakebite anti-venom shortage" going on for over a decade.

I'm not drawing any conclusions, mainly because I don't know exactly what this means, but it sure does strike me as odd when you start looking at all of these posts and the dates of the posts.

It's almost as if they've been working on this for a long time.

I don't know, I just report and I leave it to you to draw conclusions.

So check this out...from May 2019 (which is pre-pandemic, for those of you taking notes):

From 2020:

From 2016:

From 2015:

From 2019:

From 2019:

Even the Business Insider has been covering it...

Here's a screenshot of their article fro 2016:

Here is a portion of that Business Insider article:

Mozambique spitting cobra (Naja_mossambica)
A Mozambique spitting cobra, one of the deadly snakes whose bites can be treated with FAV-Afrique antivenom. Ryanvanhuyssteen/Wikimedia Commons
At the end of June 2016, the last remaining supplies of an important, safe, and effective antivenom expired.

The antidote, known as FAV-Afrique, is what Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has relied on to treat snakebites in sub-Saharan Africa. It can be used to treat bites from ten venomous snakes, including some of the most dangerous in Africa. That's particularly useful in the common cases where a person doesn't know what type of snake bit them.

While other antivenoms exist, no one knows yet if any of these potential alternatives will safely be able to fill the hole left by an antidote that can be used against so many different types of snakebite. They will have to use alternatives anyway, hoping they work.

"It's a shame that a product that all experts agree was good was abandoned," says Julien Potet, policy advisor for neglected tropical diseases at MSF. "We're putting the lives of some patients at risk."

The dire situation is no surprise — MSF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and others have known that Sanofi Pasteur had stopped producing FAV-Afrique years before. MSF had hoped to convince the pharmaceutical company to accelerate the transfer of their technology to another company and to continue producing antivenom in the interim period, but that still hasn't happened. Even if they find someone else willing to produce the treatment, Potet says it'll take a couple of years for a new company to get production going and to get antivenom distributed.

In a statement emailed by a representative of Sanofi, the company explained that they ceased production of FAV-Afrique after lower cost products led to a "steep drop in orders" for their antivenom.

The statement added: "Sanofi Pasteur regrets the worldwide situation with respect to the supply of anti-venom immunoglobulins and is studying options that would enable the transfer of know-how to other biologicals producers who would be willing to take over the production."

But the fact of the matter is, finding someone who wants to produce antivenom is not an easy task. A recent Nature News story explains that many pharma companies have stopped producing antivenom and only five of the 35 companies or governments who make antivenom make products for sub-Saharan Africa.

"In the absence of medicines, snakebite victims have been known to drink petrol, electrocute themselves or apply a poultice of cow dung and water to the bite," Carrie Arnold writes.

Who knew snakebites and an anti-venom shortage were such big issues?

And I have to end with this...

Timothy Dixon has been talking about his visions of literal snakes covering the White House for over a year now.


I don't know but I found it fascinating:

Timothy Dixon — And The Snakes In The White House! Reaper Coming!

Snakes everywhere!

And here's David Crowder's new hit song about Crushing Snakes:

MUST HEAR: Crowder’s “Crushing Snakes” Is Suddenly Going Viral!

Lot's of snakes everywhere you look suddenly...


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