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Anti-COVID-19 necklace made by the Ministry of Agriculture (Photo: Ministry of Agriculture website)

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JAKARTA - All countries, researchers, and many people are competing with each other to find a cure, vaccine, or cure of any kind for COVID-19. Various studies until claims without basis are used as material to strengthen promotion. Indonesia is also not left behind in trying to find a solution.

The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) will mass produce Eucalyptus necklaces in August. Since last week, this innovation has been widely reported, sparking a polemic between support for the findings of the nation's children and ridicule for findings without clinical trials.

The Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo claims that the Eucalyptus necklace is a corona antivirus necklace. When used for 15 minutes, it is said to kill 42 percent of the COVID-19 or corona virus. Meanwhile, if used for half an hour, it can kill 80 percent of the virus. He said this during a press conference at the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing on Friday, July 3, 2020 and broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture .

However, this is different from what was said by the Head of the Ministry of Agriculture's Research and Development Agency (Balibangtan), Fadjry Djufry at a press conference at the Office of the Ministry of Agriculture's Veterinary Research Center, Bogor, Monday, July 6 yesterday. In the video uploaded by the KompasTV YouTube channel, he admitted that this necklace was not claimed by antivirus. The permit from the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) also does not say that.

Not only necklaces that have been patented as health accessories, the Ministry of Agriculture is also ready to market several other products such as roll-on and inhalers with permission from BPOM as herbal medicine. There are also balms and oil diffusers that have not been patented. All of these products are based on the same ingredient, namely Eucalyptus.

Not only in Indonesia, outside Indonesia there are also many products circulating with baseless claims since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that has attacked the world. Quoted from the New York Times , there are hundreds of e-commerce sites that pop up every day to sell COVID-19 antivirus products. Many of them have closed for making exaggerated claims or selling products that are not real.

Siniar VOI this time will discuss the controversy of the corona antivirus necklace from the Ministry of Agriculture and several products with the same benefits that have been commercialized. Hit the listen button and we'll tell the story for you.


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