The World Health Organization is to sign a confidentiality clause with Madagascar on the formulation of its herbal remedy for coronavirus.
The WHO had for long criticized Madagascar for promoting the herbal remedy and distributing it to African countries.
According to the WHO using the herbal drug without enough scientific evidence of its efficacy can harm people.
Madagascar had said that the remedy called Covid-Organics was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (Imra).
The herbal remedy was produced from artemisia plant, an ingredient used in a malaria treatment and other Malagasy plants. Madagascar’s President, Andry Rajoelina has already urged farmers in his country to grow more of the artemisia plant.
He said on Twitter on Wednesday that he had “successful exchange with Dr. Tedros (WHO chief) who commends Madagascar’s efforts in the fight against Covid19.”
Rajoelina also added that “WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on the formulation of the Covid-Organics and will support the clinical observations process in Africa.”
Dr. Tedros also confirmed the call with Rajoelina in a tweet saying “Good call with Andry Rajoelina, President of Madagascar, about the COVID19 situation in his country.
We discussed how to work together on therapeutics research and development. And we agreed that solidarity is key to fighting the pandemic and keeping the world safe.”