CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is selling a “miracle” treatment that he stated neutralizes COVID-19 with no unintended effects, a declare medical doctors stated was not backed by science.
Maduro on Sunday introduced the drug Carvativir, an oral resolution he stated was examined on sufferers in a Caracas hospital and a sports activities heart used as an emergency medical facility.
“It has gone by way of a interval of 9 months of examine, experimentation, scientific utility. On the sick, on the very sick, on individuals who have been intubated, and we recovered them,” he stated, throughout a televised broadcast on Sunday.
He described the liquid as “miracle drops of Jose Gregorio Hernandez,” a nineteenth century Venezuelan physician who was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church final yr, with out elaborating on the energetic components.
The data ministry didn’t reply to a request for additional info.
In response, medical doctors stated Carvativir is derived from thyme, an herb that has been used for hundreds of years in conventional drugs however whose impact on coronavirus has not been established.
“The therapy declare for #Carvativir’s model for #COVID19 is unsubstantiated by any scientific information, however as a #Maduro press-release, it could hit the social media waves for an additional excessive of sublingual bread & circus,” tweeted Dr. Francisco Marty, an infectious illnesses knowledgeable at Brigham and Ladies’s Hospital in Boston.
Venezuela’s Nationwide Academy of Medication in an announcement late on Monday stated Carvativir “has therapeutic potential towards coronavirus.”
“Nonetheless, it’s prudent to attend for extra information from the Carvativir exams … to think about it a candidate for an anti-COVID-19 treatment,” reads the assertion.
Venezuela is scrambling to acquire entry to vaccines amid a worldwide race by nations to inoculate their populations.
It has formally reported some 123,709 COVID-19 circumstances and 1,148 deaths – figures the opposition and a few healthcare employees say understate the impression of the virus within the South American nation, whose well being system has deteriorated.
Maduro has promised that some 10 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine would arrive quickly.
(Reporting by Corina Pons, Brian Ellsworth and Vivian Sequera, writing by Luc Cohen, Modifying by Cynthia Osterman and Nick Zieminski)
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