As the global community comes to terms with the undeniable reality of Coronavirus being here with us for a very long time, the world of medical science is having sleepless nights trying to come up with a vaccine against this deadly virus that has crippled the global economy and has in ways unimaginable changed our lifestyles.
The race to a reliable vaccine against coronavirus would really be a game-changer which would ultimately put man in control of his destiny just like it was before 2020 before COVID-19 struck us almost flat-footed and we have been playing catch up ever since. In the wake of COVID-19, close to half a million people have been reported dead from the virus and over 7.5 millions infected something which further highlights the need for a vaccine to be developed sooner than later so that this deadly menace can be stopped before it claims more lives.
As you read this, you can best bet that all leading pharmaceutical companies around the world are operating in overdrive mode to see it to that a reliable vaccine is found so that people can go back to normal operations. Given the dare need for a possible Coronavirus, cure-all hands are on deck as African scientists and herbalists have also jumped on the bandwagon.
One case which stands out in Africa in regards to this situation is the development of a herbal tonic drink called COVID Organics (CVO) by Madagascar scientists and herbalists.
The CVO has been developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research. Madagascar
In April, The Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina officially launched the CVO and claimed that the drink can prevent and cure patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.
With this news spreading around Africa like wildfire, many countries signed in their orders of the wonder drink and as we speak today, the COVID Organics has been shipped to numerous African countries including Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Niger, Tanzania, Nigeria, Senegal, and Chad.
However, the World Health Organisation came out and informed the world that there was no data that could back up the claims made by the Malagasy president about the herbal tonic drink and as search, it shouldn’t be taunted around as a possible cure to the Coronavirus disease. The WHO response to the president Andry Rajoelina’s claims didn’t amuse him one bit and came and he slammed the global health body for not endorsing the CVO.
However, in mid-May, The World Health Organization (WHO) said that it is going to review the herbal drink COVID Organics believed to cure coronavirus or COVID-19 patients.
This new change in the WHO stand was confirmed by Matshidiso Moeti, the regional director of WHO office in Africa, in a media briefing where she said that a WHO’s representative had spoken with Madagascar’s Health Ministry and has held a meeting with the president as well.
”We have offered to support the design of a study to look into this product [COVID Organics]. We are in discussion to sort out the way forward,” she added.
She said so far the WHO does not have any data related to the efficiency of the CVO. She said the WHO director-general will also speak with Madagascar president.
“WHO has been working in the traditional medicine sector. We work very hard to facilitate collaboration and to incorporate traditional medicine into national health systems,” Moeti said.
Moeti further said that because of undernourishment, people in Africa have a weaker immune system, thus making them vulnerable to infectious diseases.
President Andry Rajoelina also took to Twitter to further confirm this news when he had a successful talk with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and that the WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on the formulation of COVID Organics (CVO) and will support clinical observations in Africa. With this change in the position of the world health body, the Malagasy President has vehemently urged his people to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus by drinking CVO.
This Indian Ocean nation has confirmed 1252 COVID-19 cases, with 10 deaths and 362 recoveries, according to data compiled by the US’ John Hopkins University.
According to the Africa Center for Disease Control, Africa has over 220000 COVID-19 cases with over 6000 deaths.