A London Based Digital Publication Covering Diplomatic & Business Activities Globally

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Do not use untested remedies, WHO warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning against people using untested remedies for coronavirus.

Africans deserve access to medicines that have gone through proper trials even if they are derived from traditional treatments, it said.

Its statement comes as Madagascar’s president is promoting a herbal tonic for treating Covid-19 patients.

The African Union (AU) said it wanted to see the scientific data on the “safety and efficacy” of the product.

The tonic, known as Covid-Organics, was tested on fewer than 20 people over three weeks, a presidential aide told the BBC – which is not in line with WHO guidelines on clinical trials.

This can be a lengthy process in which a potential drug is tested in four phases, scaling up from a trial on a small number of patients to using it on a population countrywide.

Despite these reservations, several African countries, including Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Liberia, have already ordered Covid-Organics, which is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment – and other Malagasy plants.

Latest Posts

Latest Posts

Stay in touch

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

RELATED ARTICLES

WTO Promotes Consensus

The final World Trade Organization General Council meeting before...

UK and Azerbaijan celebrate growing bilateral relations

UK PM Rishi Sunak congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on...

DIFC Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) achieved record-breaking results...

Optimism Surrounds Philippine Food Exports

During the "Outbound Business Matching Mission" (OBMM) organized by...

UAE Leads Arab Economic Social Meeting

Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy,...

UAE Export Boost with ADEX

ADEX, Mashreq, and ADCB partner with BGN for a...

Sharjah, Istanbul Exhibition Collaboration

Expo Centre Sharjah (ECS) and World Trade Centre Istanbul...

President Tokayev Visits Qatar for Diplomatic Talks

President Tokayev of Kazakhstan is set to visit Qatar...

Transforming Steel Production with Green Technology

A massive green steel plant near Boden, Sweden, aims...