The African Union has disclosed it is in talks with Madagascar to obtain details regarding the safety and efficiency of Covid-Organics, a supposed herbal cure for COVID-19 which was manufactured by the country.
“The African Union is in discussion with the Republic of Madagascar, through its embassy in Addis Ababa, with a view to obtain technical data regarding the safety and efficiency of a herbal remedy, recently announced by Madagascar for the reported prevention and treatment of COVID19,” a statement on the AU’s website read.
Covid-Organics was launched by Andry Rajoelina, the President of Madagascar, as a herbal cure for COVID-19.
The herbal remedy is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment – and other Malagasy plants.
However, after the launch of the product, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that there is no proof for a COVID-19 cure.
The African Union also revealed that it has reached an agreement with Madagascar for the provision of necessary details regarding the herbal remedy
“In this regard, the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs H.E Amira ElFadil convened a meeting with the Chargé d’Affaires of the Republic of Madagascar Mr. Eric Randrianantoandro on 30th April at which it was agreed that the member state would furnish the African Union with necessary details regarding the herbal remedy.”
“Once furnished with the details, the Union, through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), will review the scientific data gathered so far on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 Organics. This review will be based on global technical and ethical norms to garner the necessary scientific evidence regarding the performance of the tonic,” the African Union added.
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