African countries importing Madagascar's anti-coronavirus drink disputed by WHO

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: May 09, 2020, 01:30 PM(IST)

Madagascar president launches coronavirus 'remedy' Photograph:( AFP )

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President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, has been promoting the herbal tonic and said on national television that it will 'change the course of history.'

African countries like Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal have started importing a herbal drink from Madagascar being dubbed as the cure for the coronavirus pandemic, even though the World Health Organization has remained firm on its stand that there are no proof of any definite cure yet.

Tanzania on Friday announced that it has received its first shipment of the herbal concoction known as Covid-Organics.

Also read: Madagascar President launches 'herbal cure' for COVID-19

Meanwhile, scientists in Senegal have given green light to the anti-COVID-19 drug due to which it will soon be given to the patients infected by the virus.

President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, has been promoting the herbal tonic and said on national television that it will ''change the course of history.''

“The Covid-Organics will be distributed free of charge to our most vulnerable compatriots and sold at very low prices to others. All profits will be donated to IMRA to finance scientific research,” Rajoelina wrote on Twitter.

The tonic is produced from the artemisia plant, which is one of the sources of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment.

Artemisia is cultivated in Cameroon, Kenya,Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, all in high-altitude regions and regions with a pronounced cool period.

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