Andry Rajoelina, President of Madagascar has officially launched a medicine he believes can prevent and cure COVID-19.

The medicine was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and branded ‘COVID Organics’

Presenting the medicine, the president said that

“all trials and tests have been conducted and its effectiveness in reducing the elimination of symptoms has been proven for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 in Madagascar,” the president said.

The president has ordered that ‘COVID Organics’ is mandatory for children returning to school on Wednesday after it had cured two COVID-19 cases.

“The ‘COVID Organics’ will be distributed free of charge to our most vulnerable compatriots and sold at very low prices to others. All profits will be donated to IMRA to finance scientific research,” the president wrote on Twitter.

“I’m convinced that, in fact history will prove us, but today there are already two cases that have been cured with the ‘COVID Organics’, but we’ll actually see what happens next. ‘COVID Organics’ will be used in prophylaxis, i.e. preventive, but clinical observations have shown a trend towards its effectiveness in curative, other clinical studies are currently underway,” he stressed at the launch.

The president has previously made claims about herbal remedies despite scientific opinion that there is currently no cure for COVID-19 and that any experimental formula should be rigorously tested to see if it is safe and effective.

As of April 23, Madagascar has 121 positive cases of which 44 had recovered with no deaths.

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