New Delhi (NVI): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has clarified that it hasn’t reviewed or certified the efficacy of any traditional medicine for treatment of coronavirus, in an indirect reference to Patanjali’s Covid-19 vaccine – Coronil.
“[email protected] has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment #COVID19,” the global health body said in a tweet.
— WHO South-East Asia (@WHOSEARO) February 19, 2021
WHO’s clarification came after Yoga Guru Ramdev’s Patanjali claimed that its Coronil medicine had received certification from Ayush Ministry as per WHO’s certification scheme.
On Friday, Ramdev had released a research paper by Patanjali on what he called “first evidence-based ayurvedic medicine” against coronavirus disease – Coronil.
Ramdev released the paper in the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. To recall, Ramdev’s Haridwar-based Patanjali had last year brought out Coronil, its medicine against Covid-19.
“Coronil has received the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CoPP) from the Ayush section of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation as per the WHO certification scheme,” Patanjali had said in a statement.
Pertinent to mention here that Pantanjali had launched Coronil for treating Covid-19 infection on June 23 last year. Patanjali CEO Acharya Balkrishna had claimed that the medicine could cure Covid-19 patients within 5-14 days.
However, the AYUSH Ministry had taken Patanjali’s claim with a pinch of salt and had asked the company to stop advertisements for the drug until the issue had been examined.