VERDICT: False and Misleading headline
CLAIM: On May 27, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on a blog claiming that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved controversial Madagascar’s COVID-19 organics
The blog published the claim as breaking news with the headline: “WHO Finally Approves Madagascar’s Coronavirus ‘Cure’’’.
FACT: Investigations by CDD fact-checkers show that the Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had a call with President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar.
Messrs Rajoelina and Tedros, during the call, discussed ways Madagascar and the international organisation could work together on the therapeutics research and development with regards to the COVID-19 Organics.
Therapeutic trials are a kind of experiment which allows the enrollment of patients with specific treatment plans to study the impact of the drug.
Further checks by CDD also show that the WHO only agreed to sign a confidentiality clause on the formulation of the COVID-19 Organics and support clinical observation in Africa.
President Rajoelina, in a recent tweet over the agreement, said WHO and Madagascar have a successful exchange on the matter.
He said Tedros had commended the country’s effort in containing COVID-19.
Rajoelina said: “WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on the formulation of the COVID Organics and will support the clinical observations process in Africa.”
During the call, the parties did not mention anything about the approval of the use of COVID-19 Organics to treat the deadly disease.
CDD fact-checkers can confirm that at no point did the WHO approved the COVID Organics as a cure for the virus.
The WHO has not approved Madagascar COVID-19 organics as a cure for Coronavirus.
CDD is urging members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially from blogs are in the habit of using sensational headlines to draw traffic to their blogs.