Negotiations / European Parliament gives the GREAT NEWS for Albania
The whole world is looking for it, this is the medicinal plant that grows in Albania and is being used in the fight against COVID-19
Written by SOT.COM.AL 20 Janar 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has brought the whole world to its knees and the vaccine is already being seen as the savior. In our country the first doses of vaccination were made on January 11.
According to Pledgetimes, although the country has not participated in the development of a vaccine against Covid-19, it has helped in another way by dealing with plants that can fight the virus.
It is known that the Albanian blueberry has been used by international laboratories to create treatments against coronavirus. Medicinal plants are a specialty of the country, as Albania is one of the leading producers in Europe, with almost 12,000 tons exported each year. 95% of medicinal plants collected in Albania are exported, especially to Germany and the United States, but also to other European countries, such as Italy or France.
The year 2020, despite the closure of borders, has been successful for Albanian medicinal plants. Exports have set a new record, where the value of profit has exceeded 50 million euros. These figures are good news for the local economy as the cultivation of medicinal plants supports more than 100,000 employees in our country. But, these plants are not only exported, they are used in Albania by many people for healing from various diseases.
"After trying the treatments and medicines prescribed by doctors, people get tired because they do not see any improvement. And many are turning to medicinal plants. In addition, these plants are a tradition of our country. We have been treated with them for thousands of years, it is our heritage, "said Valentina Petova, who runs a small herbal pharmacy in the center of Tirana.
If herbal remedies are so successful, it also happens because the health system is not at the right height. According to the WHO, a third of Albanians are uninsured and a majority of the population does not trust a health system they consider corrupt.