Date of Publication: May 3, 2020
The president of Tanzania, John Magufuli, has promised to import a herbal tonic from Madagascar which he believes may be a cure for coronavirus. The drink, being sold under the name “Covid-Organics”, is made from the artemisia plant, which is also used to produce components of malaria medication. The product is being launched after testing on fewer than 20 people over the course of 3 weeks. President Magufuli has been widely criticized for his reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic already. In response to the launch of the herbal tonic, the WHO recommended against “self-medication with any medications … as a prevention or cure for COVID-19”.
Summary by: Roslyn Mainland