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Covid-Organics remedy: Tanzania to import “Madagascar remedy”

The Tanzanian president has said he will send a plane to Madagascar to import a “Madagascar herbal remedy” which has been touted as a remedy for coronavirus by the country’s president, Andry Rajoelina.

The president of Congo-Brazzaville also promised to import this “remedy” that is called Covid-Organic. It is produced from Artemisia, a plant used in treatment for malaria.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said there was no evidence of recovery and advised against self-medication. “Launched under the name Covid-Organics, this drink and was marketed after being tested on almost 20 people over three weeks,” President Lova Hasinirina Ranoromaro explained to BBC.

The Covid-Organics drink

In response to the launch of Covid-Organics, the WHO said in a statement that the world organization does not recommend “self-medication with drugs … as prevention or treatment for Covid-19”.

She reiterated previous statements by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that there is no effective drug to fight coronavirus yet. “International trials are underway to find an effective treatment,” added WHO.

In March, the U.S.–based National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health warned about alleged remedies for coronaviruses, including herbal therapies and teas – saying that the best way to prevent infection was to avoid exposure to the virus.

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