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AU, Madagascar to test herbal Covid-19 remedy

The African Union (AU) will test the controversial herbal remedy for Covid-19 from Madagascar.

The move comes as more than five African countries continue to receive supplies of the remedy despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning about its use.

The WHO announced on Tuesday evening that it held a virtual meeting with 70 traditional medicine experts from African countries on the role of traditional medicine in Covid-19 response.

The experts “unanimously agreed that clinical trials must be conducted for all medicines in the region, without exception”.

Madagascar’s herbal remedy is based on the artemisia annual plant, which has antimalarial properties and was developed by the state-run Malagasy Institute of Applied Research.

On Wednesday, AU Commission Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey announced that the organisation will collaborate with Madagascar’s health ministry to test the efficacy of the treatment.

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