Madagascar hands out ‘miracle’ virus cure as it lifts lockdown

April 23, 2020 |

Andry Rajoelina et al. standing around a motorcycle: President Andry Rajoelina (L) formally launched the infusion
© RIJASOLO President Andry Rajoelina (L) formally launched the infusion

Baptised Covid-Organics, the tonic is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in treating malaria — as well as other indigenous herbs.

© Fabrice COFFRINI An artemisia plant

It has been developed by the Madagascar Institute of Applied Research (IMRA) but has not been tested internationally. 

“This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” Rajoelina announced at its official launch on Tuesday.

“We can change the history of the entire world,” he said, after downing a dose. “Two people have now been cured by this treatment.”

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Madagascar coronavirus herbal mix draws demand from across Africa despite WHO misgivings

May 8, 2020 | By Reuters | New York Post |

Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina drinks a sample of the “Covid Organics” or CVO remedy at a launch ceremony in Antananarivo.

ANTANANARIVO – Madagascar is putting its self-proclaimed, plant-based “cure” for COVID-19 on sale and several countries in Africa have already put in orders for purchase, despite warnings from the World Health Organisation that its efficacy is unproven.

Last month President Andry Rajoelina launched the remedy at a news conference, drinking from a sleekly-branded bottle filled with an amber liquid which he said had already cured two people.

On Friday, a Tanzanian delegation arrived in Madagascar to collect their consignment.

The tonic, based on the plant Artemisia annua which has anti-malarial properties, has not undergone any internationally recognized scientific testing. While Rajoelina extolled its virtues, the WHO cautioned it needs to be tested for efficacy and side effects.

Madagascar has been giving away thousands of bottles of “COVID-19 Organics”, developed by the state-run Malagasy Institute of Applied Research.

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