Madagascar’s COVID 19 cure: AU succumbs to pressure
By John Eche
The African Union, AU has finally succumbed to pressure and spoken up on the claim from Madagascar that the country already has a COVID 19 cure.
According to a statement, the pan-African body confirmed that it has already opened talks with the Republic of Madagascar over the herbal remedy that the latter had recently declared was quite suitable for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
In the statement, the AU outlined that its Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention would review the potency of the herbal remedy after Madagascar would have provided it with some necessary information.
“The AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Amira ElFadil, convened a meeting with the Chargé d’Affaires of the Republic of Madagascar, Eric Randrianantoandro, during which it was agreed that the member state would furnish the African Union with necessary details regarding the herbal remedy.
“Once furnished with the details, the union, through the Africa CDC, will review the scientific data gathered so far on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 organics.
“This review will be based on global technical and ethical norms to garner the necessary scientific evidence regarding the performance of the tonic,” the statement read.
The Madagascar claim had been made by it’s President, Andry Rajoelina, in a teleconference session of the Bureau of the Assembly of AU Heads of State and Government on 29 April 2020.
Before the statement came, there had been widespread concern over why the AU was yet to take a formal position on the issue.