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African medicines to be used in fight against COVID-19: South African minister


Children queue for food at a school feeding scheme during a nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Blue Downs township near Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2020. Picture taken May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

African medicines are considered to be used in the fight against COVID-19, South African minister said on Wednesday.

“We are in the process of implementing multiple interventions including the use of African medicines as immune modulators and anti-coronavirus therapeutics,” Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande said in a briefing.

He said that a research team has been researching several African herbs and formulations with documented evidence for treatment of respiratory infections, signs and symptoms.

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“Processes are underway at the South African Health Products Authority for the establishment of dedicated structures for African medicines regulations, evaluation of African medicines clinical trials and registration of these medicines for commercial and clinical application,” Nzimande added.

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