Life is precious. My heart goes out to so many of you who have lost family and friends to COVID-19. I want to do everything in my power to help you navigate through this difficult season; including giving you hope for the future.

Many of you have been asking what we can do to beat this pandemic. One thing we know to be true about COVID-19 is that early treatment saves lives. Let me say that again; EARLY treatment saves lives!

I have been speaking with Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Dept. of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum, and other health experts about the efficacy of early treatment for Alaskans. These conversations help guide me in making sound policy decisions to better defend your medical rights, because your healthcare decisions should remain between you and your healthcare provider and not you and your politician!

If we prioritize treating the sick through early intervention, at the same level we promote vaccination, I believe we could see an immediate decrease in hospitalizations and death.

It has been more than 20 months since the pandemic reached our borders. We have sought to understand this virus and how to treat it, yet we seem to be losing the battle here in Alaska – recently holding the worst case-count per capita in the nation. It is time we look to countries like India, which have successfully eradicated COVID-19 from certain areas of their population with the use of therapy packs.

Home kits in India contained the following: Paracetamol tablets [Tylenol], Vitamin C, Multivitamin, Zinc, Vitamin D3, Ivermectin 12 mg [10 tablets], Doxycycline 100 mg [10 tablets]. Other non-medication components included face masks, sanitizer, gloves and alcohol wipes, a digital thermometer, and a pulse oximeter. Many other countries have also seen success in reducing widespread hospitalization and death by distributing early treatment therapy packs for less than $3 per pack! Early treatment has been a strong recommendation of many health professionals in the fight against COVID-19.

I have heard the arguments that certain therapies such as ivermectin, azithromycin Z-Paks and hydroxychloroquine are not FDA approved for treating COVID-19. As a sovereign state, however, we cannot afford to wait for the permission of a federal agency to save lives. It’s our responsibility to make wise decisions for ourselves. Afterall, no one cares about Alaskan lives like Alaskans!

Just to be clear; I will defend your right to have access to the vaccines as much as I defend your choice for early and alternative treatments. Alaskans have a right to informed consent, and a right to try experimental drugs when terminally ill.

Let’s set the politics aside and focus on saving lives!

Some of you may claim I am spreading false information. That’s okay. My challenge to you is to research the success of these countries and alternative treatment options and then decide for yourself. I am simply interested in saving Alaskan lives.

Life is precious; do your research of available options and talk to your doctor.

Please feel free to reach out to me at or 907-235-2921

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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Alaska legislator promotes ‘early treatment’ therapy as key to beating COVID

Sarah Vance
Sarah Vance is a member of the Alaska State House of Representatives.