Covid-Organics (CVO) is an Artemisia based drink that Andry Rajoelina, president of Madagascar, claims could prevent and cure Coronavirus disease 2019. The herbal drink, which some consider a remedy, is produced from a species under the Artemisia genus[1][2][3] from which Artemisinin is extracted for malaria treatment.[4][5] Widespread usage of Artemisia could accelerate resistance to it in the malaria parasite.[6]

Covid-Organics was developed and produced in Madagascar by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research. Madagascar was the first country to agree to integrate Artemisia into COVID-19 treatment when the NGO Maison de l'Artemisia France contacted numerous African countries during the pandemic. At least one researcher from another part of Africa, Dr. Jérôme Munyangi of the DRC, contributed. Some of the research on Artemisia, led by African scientists, had been carried out in France and Canada.[7] On 20 April 2020, Rajoelina announced in a television broadcast that his country had found “preventive and curative” cure for COVID-19.[8][9][10] Rajoelina publicly sipped from a bottle of Covid-Organics and ordered a nation-wide distribution to families.[11] As of 20 May 2020, Madagascar has confirmed a total of 326 cases of COVID-19, and two deaths.[12]

World Health OrganizationEdit

On May 20, 2020, Rajoelina announced on this Twitter account that the WHO will sign a confidentiality agreement with Madagascar regarding the formulation of CVO in order to perform clinical observation. On May 21, 2020, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom confirmed his video conference with Rajoelina, and that the WHO will cooperate with Madagascar on research and development of Covid-19 therapy.[13]

Critical analysisEdit

A wide range of scientific criticism followed the launch of Covid-Organics from within and outside Africa. Before cooperating with Madagascar, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a warning against use of an untested COVID-19 remedy and said Africans deserve medicine that went through proper scientific trials. At the time, Covid-Organics efficacy and safety was tested on fewer than 20 people within a period of three weeks.[14][15][16] In order to meet established scientific standards, the two parties later agreed on a partnership for Covid-Organics to be registered for WHO's Solidarity trials, an international program for fast tracking clinical trials on COVID-19 treatment candidates.[17] The African Union (AU) demanded detailed scientific data on Covid-Organics for analysis by Africa CDC after it had been briefed by Madagascar authorities about the herbal remedy. [18][19][20] Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention expressed its interest in data for Covid-Organics for the purpose of quickly scaling up an effective and safe remedy. [21] In April, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) denied ordering a package of CVO after media reports that it had ordered for CVO and said the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) would only endorse  products shown to be effective and safe for use through well-known scientific procedure.[22][23][24] As concerns about the safety of CVO grow, South Africa offered to help Madagascar conduct a clinical trial on the herbal tonic.[25]


More than 20 African and Caribbean countries have taken delivery of CVO as of May 2020 to combat COVID-19.[26][27][28] On 20 May, Ghanaian government finally placed an order for CVO for testing after weeks of pressure from Ghanaians that the herbal remedy be used to halt the spread of Coronavirus.[29][30] At the end of April, Equatorial Guinea, among the first to express support for the remedy, sent a special envoy to Madagascar for a donated shipment of CVO. [31] Countries that have received CVO shipments include:[32]


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