Coronavirus (956) Madagascar 'herbal cure' (4)

13 May, 2020

Extracts below. Full text here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-52633630

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Coronavirus: Madagascar President Rajoelina hits out at tonic 'detractors'

12 May 2020

Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina has said criticism of an untested herbal tonic that he is touting as a treatment for Covid-19 shows the West's condescending attitude towards Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against using untested remedies...

The African Union has also said it wanted to see the scientific data on the "safety and efficacy" of the product, known as Covid-Organics.

"If it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don't think so," Mr Rajoelina said in an interview with French news channel, France 24...

70 traditional medicine experts from countries across #Africa held a virtual meeting with @WHO on the role of traditional medicine in the #COVID19 response. They unanimously agreed that clinical trials must be conducted for all medicines in the Region, without exception.

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