African Union opens discussion’ with Madagascar over its Covid-19 herbal cure
London, May 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The African Union (AU) says it is in discussion with the Republic of Madagascar, over herbal remedy it claimed as cure for coronavirus.
The AU says it wants to obtain “technical data regarding the safety and efficiency of a herbal remedy” which was recently announced by Madagascar and touted to be effective in preventing and treating COVID19.
In a statement the AU said its Commissioner for Social Affairs Amira ElFadil convened a meeting with a representative from Madagascar on 30th April on the issue.
At the said meeting it was agreed that Madagascar “would furnish the African Union with necessary details regarding the herbal remedy.”
According to the African Union, “once furnished with the details” it would through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), “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.”
Madagascar’s Covid-Organics drink is already been used in some other African countries including Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea and Republic of Congo while Tanzanian President John Magufuli said he will send a plane to Madagascar to collect a batch of the drink
But the President Andry Rajoelina said his country was also pursuing a validation of the Covid-Organics by the World Heath Organization (WHO).
He also asked local farmers to increase production of the herbal plant as he announced the start of clinical trials for another herbal vaccine with the support of some US scientists