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Venezuela’s Maduro Presents ‘Molecule’ That Inhibits Covid-19

A mural of President Nicolas Maduro in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas.
A mural of President Nicolas Maduro in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas.Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuelan scientists have isolated a molecule that inhibits the Covid-19 virus and will ask the World Health Organization to evaluate its possible use on a global scale.

The active ingredient is a derivative of ursolic acid from a plant and non-toxic to humans, Maduro said in an appearance on state television Sunday. Six months of research at the government-backed IVIC scientific institute led to the discovery, he said.