Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina has said that the country will begin clinical trials for an artemisia- based vaccine.
The vaccine that is developed using extracts from the artemisia plant, just like the drink named Covid-Organics, will be tried starting next week according to the president.
He urged the Malagasy people to plant artemisia.
President Rajoelina said he was in touch with scientists from the US to help with research.
He added that the country was also pursuing a validation of the Covid-Organics by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The WHO said in a statement sent to the BBC that it did not recommend “self-medication with any medicines… as a prevention or cure for Covid-19”.
The Covid-Organics drink has been delivered to other African countries including Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea and Tanzanian President John Magufuli said he will send a plane to Madagascar to collect a batch of the drink.
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