Is Ethiopia close to developing a drug for COVID-19?

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Ethiopia sat its drug against coronavirus is ready for trials; Online Photo

As scientists across the world work around the clock to develop a vaccine for the world’s most debilitating disease, Covid-19, Ethiopia says it is developing a cure.

In a joint press statement, the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MoIT) said “a domestic treatment drug” is being developed by the traditional medicine experts of the country.

The two ministries said the drug was prepared by integrating indigenous traditional medical knowledge with modern science.

According to the statement, the new drug has passed through the basic research procedures and was successful in the laboratory modelling processes.

“Since the outbreak of the pandemic, research had been going on by different Ethiopian scientists both in the country and abroad” said MoIT minister Abraham Belay.

“We are seeing good results and further outcomes will be revealed to the public in the short term” the minister said.

Ethiopia, whose Addis Ababa Bole International airport has become Africa’s leading international transit hub, has so far identified 29 Covid-19 cases.

In December last year, with the help of China, Ethiopia launched its first observatory satellite into space, which was regarded as a major breakthrough in the country’s advancement in science and technology.

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