The African Union’s Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has outlined COVID-19 clinical trials currently being done to test both treatments and a vaccine in Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zambia.
Hydroxychloroquine is being tested as a potential treatment for COVID-19 in Zambia.
Egypt and Nigeria are running trials on potential therapeutic agents, among other trials. The antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine is being tested as a potential treatment for COVID-19 in Zambia. And South Africa is looking into the efficacy of chloroquine, interferon therapy, and Remdesivir.
These developments are encouraging, as Africa continues to lag behind Europe, North America, and Asia when it comes to testing for COVID-19 and genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2, which in turn could prolong the continent’s suffering from the pandemic.
Notably, Africa CDC made no mention of Covid-Organics, Madagascar’s artemisia-based herbal tea that President Andry Rajoelina claims can both prevent and cure COVID-19. It has not been adequately tested and there is no evidence to back the claims, yet Tanzania, the Comoros, and the Republic of the Congo have decided to import Covid-Organics from Madagascar.