Jimmy Kimmel has declared unvaccinated Americans who have attempted to treat COVID-19 with the controversial drug Ivermectin should be refused intensive care hospital beds.
The late night talk show host addressed the issue in his opening monologue during his first episode back of Jimmy Kimmel Live! after taking a break for the summer.
"I leave you people alone for two months and you start taking horse worm medicine?" he asked.
Referring to Dr Anthony Fauci's warning that overcrowded hospitals may need to start making "tough choices" about who gets ICU beds, Kimmel said: "That choice doesn’t seem so tough to me."
"Vaccinated person having a heart attack? Yes, come right in, we’ll take care of you. Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy."
"We’ve still got a lot of pan-dimwits out there," he added.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strongly advised against the use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, which has been falsely hailed as a "miracle cure" for the deadly virus. The agency has received multiple reports of people being hospitalised after using the drug, advising that taking large doses is "dangerous" and can cause "serious harm" including allergic reactions, seizures, comas and even death.
While Ivermectin is most commonly used as a horse and cattle dewormer, it can be used safely on humans in very specific doses, usually to treat some parasites and skin conditions. The World Health Organisation advises it should only ever be used to treat COVID-19 within clinical trials.
"People are still taking this Ivermectin," Kimmel continued in his monologue.
"The poison control center has seen a spike in calls from people taking this livestock medicine to fight the coronavirus, but they won't take the vaccine. It's like if you’re a vegan and you’re like, 'No, I don’t want a hamburger, give me that can of Alpo (dog food) instead.'"