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As scientists around the world race to develop a vaccine for the Covid-19, Ethiopia says it is also developing a cure for the highly contagious virus.

In a joint press statement, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology said "a domestic treatment drug" is being developed by traditional medicine experts in the country.

Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology say "a domestic treatment drug" is being developed by traditional medicine experts in the country.

The drug is hoped to cure patients by boosting their immune system and has proven to be free of toxins.

Scientists are yet to find a vaccine for Covid-19 and are advocating for social-distancing and self-quarantine as social vaccines at this point.

The two ministries said the drug is being made by integrating traditional medical knowledge with modern science.

According to the statement, the drug has passed through basic research procedures and was successful in the laboratory modelling processes.

“Since the outbreak, different Ethiopian scientists both in the country and abroad have been carrying out research,” said Abraham Belay, Minister for Innovation and Technology.

“We are seeing good results and further outcomes will be revealed to the public soon," he added.

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