African country that claims to have produced a ‘herbal cure’ of COVID-19
Madagascar is aiming to export the drink to Europe, and increase its revenue.
An African country, Madagascar, has recently come up with a herbal drink called ‘COVID-Organics’, which as they claim has the ability to cure and prevent COVID-19.
Andry Rajoelina, Madagascar’s President and an ex-DJ, introduced it in a properly organized launch ceremony last week. He claimed the drink can cure the virus in seven days.
Ever since the ‘launch’, Madagascar’s army has been delivering the drink door to door. The country has reported 405 cases, with 2 deaths and 131 people recovered. According to the president, these people were cured using the drink.
Other African nations have also imported or expressed intentions to import the drink. Belgian agronomist Pierre Van Damme is making the drink in Senegal under the label of Le Lion Vert or ‘The Green Lion’. The shops in Dakar have been running out of stock due to the increased demand.
Madagascar is aiming to export the drink to Europe, and increase its revenue. However, European countries have shown doubt over the efficiency of the drink.
‘’If it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don’t think so’’, said President Rajoelina.
The herbal drink is made using Artemisia, a plant used against malaria, and other indigenous ingredients. The WHO has advised people to not use any untested cures for the coronavirus. A statement from the WHO reads that Africans deserve to use medicines, which have been tested to the same standards as people in the rest of the world.
‘’Even if therapies are derived from traditional practice and natural, establishing their efficacy and safety through rigorous clinical trials is critical’’, the statement read.
The African Union has begun discussions with Madagascar to obtain data regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-Organics.
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