5th October 2020
On Friday, Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina announced the launch of a capsule version of a herbal drink he infamously touted as a COVID-19 treatment and cure.
The COVID-Organics range is based on the artemisia plant, which has proven anti-malarial properties, and other indigenous herbs.
While the World Health Organisation has yet to test and provide reports on COVID-Organics' effectiveness, they have issued warnings against the use and distribution of unproven remedies against COVID-19 but also encouraged guidelines on how scientists could conduct proper trials for potential herbal remedies.
President Rajoelina is undeterred by the global health body and continues to endorse the "COVID-19 cure."
"Today, we present to the entire world capsules containing extracts of artemisia and ravintsara, a local Malagasy plant, whose virtues are recognized globally.'
"Those who struggle to ingest the infusion can now take this CVO+ capsule that will be sold across the world," said Rajoelina during the inauguration ceremony hosted by local pharmaceutical company Pharmagalasy.
Rajoelina also took the opportunity to boast about Madagascar's natural resources and expertise that could "change history."
According to News24, more than a quarter of Madagascar's 26 million residents have so far taken the COVID-Organics drink.
According to Worldometer, however, the nation has still recorded more than 16 500 coronavirus cases and at least 232 deaths as a result.
The spread of the virus has slowed in recent weeks, however, and Pharmalagasy has pledged to produce 32 000 CVO+ capsules daily, adding to the 275 million capsules they have in stock already.