NEW YORK (PIX11) — You may have seen stories online or social media posts claiming Ivermectin is a miraculous treatment for COVID. The pharmaceutical originated as a drug to kill parasites in animals like cows and horses, is seemingly popular with people who are unvaccinated.

Some people are gambling on it instead of taking the COVID vaccines proven to be effective; but does it really work, and is it safe? Dr. Peter Lurie, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, weighs in.