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

South Africa’s Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister says African medicines are under consideration for use in the fight against COVID-19.

Blade Nzimande
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“We are in the process of implementing multiple interventions including the use of African medicines as immune modulators and anti-coronavirus therapeutics,” 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.

“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.