Fact Check: No, African leaders have not endorsed herbal Covid-19 cure

Fact Check: No, African leaders have not endorsed herbal Covid-19 cure

- According to a post doing the rounds on Facebook, African leaders have endorsed Madagascar's 'Covid-19 'vaccine'

- Presidents, including Cyril Ramaphosa, have endorsed the organic cure being distributed by the nation, reads the claim

- Briefly.co.za explores this allegation to determine if there is any truth to it

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A post being widely circulated on social media claims that a Madagascan 'vaccine' for Covid-19 has been endorsed by African leaders.

The post further claims that leaders including Cyril Ramaphosa and presidents from Egypt, Kenya and Rwanda have held a meeting and have “not been left behind, after endorsing the adoption of Covid-19 organic medicine made available by the republic of Madagascar”.

Published early in May, the post promised that the organic cure would be widely distributed in African nations.

Briefly.co.za reported that the herbal drink, dubbed Covid-Organics, has been strongly endorsed by President Andry Rajoelina, but that no evidence had supported the claim that the tonic cures the virus.

READ ALSO: WHO issues warning against use of Madagascar’s Covid-19 herbal “cure”

The World Health Organization recently published a statement revealing that medicinal plants, like the one being used in the tonic, “are being considered as possible treatments for Covid-19 and should be tested for efficacy and adverse side effects”.

WHO and African countries, according to the statement, are collaborating to ensure safe and effective traditional medicine development on the continent with the agency providing financial and technical support.

The African Union commented that it is still in talks with Madagascar, “with a view to obtain technical data regarding the safety and efficiency of a herbal remedy, recently announced by Madagascar for the reported prevention and treatment of Covid-19”.

However, the union took great care to highlight it would be working with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to explore the “safety and efficacy of the Covid-Organics”.

This statement on the subject is far from a beaming endorsement and there is also little evidence to support the claim that African presidents met to endorse the cure.

Africa Check reports that the World Health Organization, despite collaborating with Africa to test traditional answers to the pandemic, has also warned using untested products can be dangerous.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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