It’s for aromatherapy, not an antivirus: Ministry backtracks on anti-COVID-19 necklace claims

first_imgFadjry, however, said that the ministry had yet to test the products’ effectiveness on samples of the SARS-nCoV-2019 coronavirus that causes COVID-19.He nevertheless claimed that the products could be used to remedy known symptoms of COVID-19, such as breathing difficulties.He added that the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, and Hasanuddin University in Makassar, South Sulawesi, had offered to conduct clinical tests on the eucalyptus-based inventions.The ministry is also looking to sell the eucalyptus products overseas, and has filed patents for the products in Singapore, Malaysia and India.Experts have expressed skepticism about the efficacy of the eucalyptus-based treatments, saying that no drugs have been clinically proven to prevent or cure COVID-19 to date.Topics : According to Fadjry, the BPOM only required laboratory and testimonial tests to classify herbal products, whereas antivirus claims would mandate pre-clinical and clinical trials on products.Photographs published by the ministry showed the necklace with an “Anti Virus Corona” label. Fadjry said that the necklace in the photo was a prototype and the ministry would remove the antivirus label and market it as aromatherapy accessory upon release.“We used the antivirus label to lift the spirits of our researchers,” he said.Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo had previously claimed that the eucalyptus products had been tested on influenza as well as beta and gamma coronaviruses and was able to kill 80 to 100 percent of the viruses. The Agriculture Ministry is dialing back on its previous claim about developing an “antivirus necklace” that can help prevent COVID-19 transmission, saying that the product is merely a “health accessory” for aromatherapy.Agriculture Ministry Research and Development Department head Fadjry Djufry said in a recent press conference that the upcoming eucalyptus products – which include necklaces, roll-ons and mini inhalers – would not be marketed as having antivirus capabilities.“There is no antivirus claim there because [the National Agency for Drug and Food Control (BPOM)] classifies them as herbal products,” Fadjry said on Monday.last_img read more

Dempsey earns derby point for Fulham

first_imgChelsea 1 Fulham 1 Clint Dempsey’s goal earned a derby point for Fulham and added to their neighbours’ woes.Chelsea, who began the day 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, went ahead early in the second half when Juan Mata fired home following Ashley Cole’s cross.AdChoices广告But Bryan Ruiz produced a lovely piece of skill and crossed for Dempsey to equalise, before David Stockdale kept the home side at bay with several impressive saves.Following their 5-0 hammering at home to Manchester United, this was much better from Fulham, who might have snatched a victory had substitute Pajtim Kasami done better than shoot straight at keeper Petr Cech when presented with a late chance.Fulham made a determined start and missed an early opportunity when Orlando Sa headed Stephen Kelly’s cross wide of the target, before Fernando Torres was denied by Stockdale at the other end. Mata put Chelsea ahead.Torres showed a glimpse of his class by cushioning Mata’s pass on his chest, but keeper Stockdale did superbly to keep out the Spaniard’s volley.Torres and Frank Lampard were restored to the Blues starting line-up, while Sa played as a lone striker for Fulham, whose matchday did squad did not include Bobby Zamora or Andrew Johnson.In their absence, Whites boss Martin Jol included Dempsey and Moussa Dembele in a five-man midfield in a bid to frustrate Andre Villas-Boas’ team.Fulham managed to do just that in the first half, but went behind only two minutes into the second.Torres was unable to control Cole’s cross and the ball instead fell to Mata, who netted from the edge of the penalty area.But the visitors hit back nine minutes later – and were helped by yet more of the poor defending which has plagued Chelsea this season.Cole allowed to Ruiz to turn away from him, and Dempsey nipped between John Terry and David Luiz to meet the Costa Rican’s delivery and score his sixth league goal of the campaign.Stockdale, in for the injured Mark Schwarzer, then enhanced his growing reputation by ensuring the game ended in a draw – Chelsea’s third in a row.He pushed over Daniel Sturridge’s 20-yarder and from the resulting corner pulled off another impressive stop to thwart Florent Malouda.Stockdale also tipped over Raul Meireles’ header and twice denied Didier Drogba in the dying minutes.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

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