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Tanzania To Conduct Local Clinical Trials For Madagascar’s CovidOrganics

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Tanzanian foreign minister Palamagamba Kabudi addresses journalists during a donation ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 9, 2020. (Xinhua)

Tanzania said on Saturday that the #COVID-19 herbal “remedy” CovidOrganics that has been donated by Madagascar to the East African nation were for clinical trials and not for prescriptions to patients.

Palamagamba Kabudi, Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and the East African Cooperation, said the herbal concoction CovidOrganics which the country received from Madagascar on Friday will undergo local clinical trials by the National Institute for Medical Research and other experts.

“I want to make it clear among Tanzanians that we haven’t come with medicines to prescribe to COVID-19 patients. We have brought a consignment for research and analysis,” Kabudi who led a team of experts to the Madagascar capital Antananarivo to collect the herbal concoction told a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

He reiterated that the CovidOrganics was for preliminary research and analysis will be done by a team of Tanzanian experts with assistance of other experts on President John Magufuli’s instructions.