In coincidence with the National Awakening Day on Wednesday 20 May 2020, Indonesian President His Execellency Joko Widodo launched 55 organic virgin coconut oil (VCO) related products expected to have potential roles in the fight against Covid-19. The launching ceremony was held through a video conference in which the president, vice president who were in Jakarta spoke to several researchers of the Sam Ratulangi University in Manado, North Sulawesi. The 55 VCO products were selected by the Ministry of Research and Technology from over 5,000 research proposals. President Joko Widodo said that he was proud of the researchers who had developed products that can be used in the fight against Covid-19. He called on the researchers to continue pursuing innovations in science and technology.
Prof. Lucia C. Mandey, Chief Researcher of Sam Ratulangi University expressed her happiness in getting national recognition for the university’s research programs. She informed that “The organic VCO from North Sulawesi can boost immunity, increase energy and even contribute to the recovery of Covid-19 patients,” she further said. “By consuming VCO, body’s immunity can increase so that a person cannot be easily infected with the virus,” she explained in details the importance of VCO products.
Mr. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Research and Technology has previously said that the government had conducted clinical trials on herbal products such as VCO, ginger and guava as supplement against Covid-19.