Coronavirus: African leaders have not endorsed Madagascar's herbal cure (fact-check)

Coronavirus: African leaders have not endorsed Madagascar's herbal cure (fact-check)

- A post on Facebook recently claimed that African leaders have endorsed Madagascar's Covid-19 "vaccine"

- African presidents, including Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, were reported to have endorsed the organic cure being distributed by the East African nation

- A fack-check showed that there is no iota of truth in the claim that the Madagascar "remedy" has been endorsed for Covid-19 treatment

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

The post further claimed 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 guaranteed that the organic cure would be widely distributed in African nations, but a check into the claim revealed that Madagascar's Covid-19 tonic cure has not been officially endorsed.

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1. WHO talks on the plant-based Magascar herbal remedy

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.

2. African Union only said it would work on the efficiency of herbal remedy - as Madagascar claimed

The African Union, a body of leaders from Africa led by the president of South Africa, commented that it was 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”.

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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.”

3. Submission

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 that using untested products can be dangerous.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that China tried to prevent the World Health Organisation from ringing an alarm bell about the coronavirus crisis in January before it later escalated, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has alleged.

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Coronavirus, an infection which began in Wuhan city of China, was declared a global pandemic by WHO after the virus took a dangerous leap out of its epicentre and plunged over 200 countries into unrest.

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