Ethiopia says it has made tremendous steps in developing a cure for COVID-19.

The coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the world has so far infected more than a million people with more than 56,000 deaths already reported.

In a joint press statement, the country’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MoIT) said: “a domestic treatment drug” is being developed by the traditional medicine experts of the country.

According to reports, and confirmed by the two ministries, the drug was prepared by integrating indigenous traditional medical knowledge with modern science.

The statement further added the new drug has passed through the basic research procedures and was successful in the laboratory modelling processes.

“Since the outbreak of the pandemic, research had been going on by different Ethiopian scientists both in the country and abroad” said MoIT minister Abraham Belay.

“We are seeing good results and further outcomes will be revealed to the public in the short term.”

According to the minister, the laboratory research phase of the project has been completed.

“It has passed through various testing stages and now the green light has been given for further clinical trial,” he said, adding, “the next step is testing the product”.

The minister said the research was underway as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards and hoped for the product to be available in the near future.

The drug in the pipeline is hoped to cure patients by boosting their immunity and has proven to be free of toxicity, he said.

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