President John Magufuli of Tanzania and his Congo-Brazzaville counterpart, Denis Sassou Nguesso, have assured their respective countries of the importation of Madagascar’s herbal tunic which has been touted as a cure for coronavirus by the country’s President Andry Rajoelina.
The drink launched as Covid-Organics is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment, and has only been tested on fewer than 20 people over a period of three weeks.
In response to the launch of Covid-Organics, the World Health Organisation said in a statement sent to the BBC that the global organisation did not recommend “self-medication with any medicines… as a prevention or cure for Covid-19”.
International trials were under way to find an effective treatment, the WHO added.
In March, the US-based National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health warned against purported coronavirus remedies, including herbal therapies and teas – saying the best way to prevent infection was to avoid exposure to the virus.