Madagascar launches CVO, ‘miracle drink’ against Covid-19

Madagascar launches CVO, ‘miracle drink’ against Covid-19

President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar has on Monday in Antananarivo, launched “Covid Organics” or CVO, a drink it claims is both a cure and remedy to coronavirus infection  and drank a bottle of the drink

The country’s Institut Malgache de Recherches Appliquées (IMRA) which combines traditional medicine and modern sciences in developing more than 50 medicines, and it produced the Covid Organics drink from the local plant, Artemisia annua or sweet wormwood which is also used as a popular cure for malaria in Madagascar.

The drink which acts by strengthening the body’s immune system, will be distributed free to the most vulnerable and sold at very low prices to others, the President said in a tweet. The tiny country which reported 121 cases has so far recorded no death.

“All profits will be donated to IMRA to fund scientific research. Let us believe in our ability to cope and move forward”, he said.

The country declared a national emergency after the first confirmed case emerged on March 20. Under the emergency, major cities such as Antananarivo, Fianarantsoa and Toamasina were locked down.

With the launch of “Covid Organics” or CVO on Monday,  President Andry Rajoelina has eased some restrictions the  major cities which were locked down.