Coronavirus: Madagascar minister fired over $2m lollipop order

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Madagascar’s education minister has been fired over plans to order more than $2m (£1.6m) worth of sweets for schoolchildren. Rijasoa Andriamanana said pupils would be given three lollipops each to mask the “bitter” aftertaste of an untested herbal remedy for coronavirus. The plan was called off after objections from Madagascar’s president. President Andry Rajoelina is promoting the herbal tonic Covid-Organics as a coronavirus cure. Several African countries continue to import Covid-Organics believing it will help combat the virus, but the World Health Organization has warned that no proven cure exists. Madagascar’s National Medical Academy has also cast doubt on the efficacy of the artemisia-based drink, saying it had the potential to damage people’s health.