Covid-Organics is an Artemisia-based drink that Andry Rajoelina, president of Madagascar, claims can prevent and cure Coronavirus disease 2019 .
The herbal drink is produced from a species under the Artemisia genus from which artemisinin is extracted for malaria treatment.Covid-Organics was developed and produced in Madagascar by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research.
Madagascar was the first country to decide to integrate Artemisia into COVID-19 treatment when the NGO Maison de l'Artemisia France contacted numerous African countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At least one researcher from another part of Africa, Dr.
Jérôme Munyangi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, contributed.
Some of the research on Artemisia, led by African scientists, had been carried out in France and Canada.
On 20 April 2020, Rajoelina announced in a television broadcast that his country had found "preventive and curative" cure for COVID-19.
Rajoelina publicly sipped from a bottle of Covid-Organics and ordered a nation-wide distribution to families.
As of 7 July 2020, Madagascar has confirmed a total of 3472 cases of COVID-19, and 33 deaths.Read more