Tanzanian president promises to import Madagascar’s coronavirus herbal remedy

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The president of Tanzania says he will send a plane to Madagascar to import an herbal tonic which has been touted as a cure for coronavirus by the country’s president.

Congo-Brazzaville’s president has also promised to import the drink.

It is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment.

The World Health Organization has said there is no proof of any cure and has advised people against self-medicating.

The drink was launched as Covid-Organics and was being marketed after being tested on fewer than 20 people over a period of three weeks, the president’s chief of staff Lova Hasinirina Ranoromaro said.