Philippines consumers and pharmacies have been hoarding vitamins, with sales of such items skyrocketing by 10 times since Luzon – the country’s most populous island and where the capital Manila sits went into a lockdown – a local industry body has said.
A curcumin and artemisinin-based oral spray has been proposed as a treatment for COVID-19 patients and a clinical trial will be conducted, ASX-listed phytocannabinoid firm MGC Pharmaceuticals has revealed.
Japanese firms such as Nippn, Kirin, Morinaga Milk Industry, Kewpie, Yakult, Eminet, and FANCL have been sharing their experiences of operating in Japan despite the state of emergency in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Researchers from Asia, the Middle East, and the West are now trialling omega-3, honey, and even potato resistant starch, on top of vitamins and zinc, as they race to find products that could contribute to the fight against COVID-19 and its symptoms.
Probiotics that make immune health claims are garnering consumers’ interest globally, but huge growth was seen in China, with the number of online reviews for such products shooting up by nearly 1,300% in the past two years.
India’s Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) is aiming to put a stop to false claims for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 by setting up a task force to evaluate products and practices.
Indonesia’s traditional herbal and pharma giant Sido Muncul's market expansion plans will continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with the firm revealing that its factory production is running at full force.
Nutrition businesses such as Fonterra and Danone are devoting resources into making hygiene products, such as ethanol and face masks, to help meet the exceptionally high demand in light of COVID-19 spread.