“Anti-virus tonic” rejected “because it’s African” – Madagascar’s President

Madagascar’s President, Andry Rajoelina has said commented on the criticisms directed towards his country’s herbal tonic for Covid-19.

He says the critique 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.

Mr Rajoelina’s tonic has not gone through clinical trials.

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The African Union has also requested 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..

Despite the reservations, several African countries, including Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Liberia, have already ordered Covid-Organics.

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Madagascar has reported 193 Covid-19 cases and no deaths.