Coronil, the medicine claims to boost immunity against COVID-19, developed by yoga guru Ramdev-promoted Patanjali Ayurved has run into a controversy over claims of certification by WHO.
Amid speculations about Baba Ramdev-promoted Patanjali Ayurved’s Coronil certification for the treatment of Covid-19 in the country, the company managing director Acharya Balkrishna later made a clarification about the certification in order to “to avoid confusion”.
There was a big poster behind the table where Ramdev and Union Ministers , the Union health Minister of the country Dr. Harshvardhan and Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Union Transport Minister, Government of India sat were the claims that the “medicine” was CoPP and WHO GMP certified – meaning it holds a certificate of pharmaceutical product (CoPP) and is recognised by the World Health Organisation’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Both these standards approximately define quality assurance in medicinal products.
Ramdev says that the daily demand for Coronil is 10 lakh packs a day, but Patanjali is unable to fulfil that as it can only supply one lakh packs a day. Now the question is how can such a product be allowed to be sold in the market? This announcement comes, while the Government is planning for the next round of lock down, may impact the country. It is expected that, many will take the vaccination with a fear.
Ramdev’s fake claims have been rejected by the World Health Organisation. It is good that the World Health Organisation issued a clarification that it has not given any certification to Patanjali research. In a tweet, the WHO South-East Asia wrote, ‘WHO has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment of COVID-19’.
Unfortunately, when the Union Health Minister participates in it then it is seriously the issue of propriety and ethics. Both the Ministers must explain what prompted them to go to participate in the programme launched by Ramdev and why they allowed themselves to be used by him.
Yoga guru Ramdev’s ‘Coronail kit’, which sparked massive debate over its efficacy to prevent coronavirus last year, has once again run into controversy. Although this time the AYUSH ministry has approved Patanjali Ayurved’s Coronil for the treatment of coronavirus, the World Health Organisation has sidelined itself.
“We want to clarify to avoid confusion that our WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil is issued by DCGI, Government of India. It is clear that WHO do not approve or disapprove any drugs. WHO works for building a better, healthier future for people all over the world,” Balkrishna tweeted after the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it had “not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment of Covid-19.”
We want to clarify to avoid confusion that our WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil is issued by DCGI, Government of India. ‘ said Patanjali’s MD Acharya Balkrishna. It is clear that WHO do not approve or disapprove any drugs. WHO works for building a better, healthier future for people all over the world.