Coronavirus: Australian Church That Promotes Bleach As COVID-19 Cure Slapped With Fines

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An Australian church has been issued infringement notices amounting to $151,200 for selling and promoting bleach as a cure for COVID-19.

MMS Australia, the Australian chapter of Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, has been slapped by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Wednesday with 12 infringement notices for the unlawful advertisement of industrial bleach as a cure for several diseases.

For years, the church has claimed that chlorine dioxide is a “miracle cure” and has been selling what it calls Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), or simply industrial bleach, ABC reported. 

It states that these “water purification drops” can cure cancer, autism, diabetes and now the coronavirus, COVID-19.

Archbishop Mark Grenon, the US leader of the church, has claimed that he wrote to President Donald Trump about the miracle drops days before the US president suggested bleach as a possible treatment for COVID-19 during a press conference.

"There is so much evidence proving it is a wonderful detox through oxidation that kills 99% of the pathogens in the body, that is why we have so many testimonies," Grenon said.

Doctors have since warned that bleach is dangerous and should not be ingested by humans.

Following these reports, the TGA slapped a $151,200 fine on MMS Australia. The division of the Australian Department of Health also released an advisory warning the public against MMS.

"MMS Australia refers consumers who visit its website to a 'Testimonials' page, which includes representations that MMS is capable of treating, among other things, COVID-19," a TGA spokesperson said.

"The TGA considered both the claims found directly on the website along with content found through links, including videos and testimonials in its assessment."

Despite the whole world working double time to find a cure for COVID-19, there still remains no medically approved cure for the virus that is ravaging across the globe. Experts affirm a coronavirus vaccine is unlikely to be produced this year and may only be available by 2021.

As of May 13, 10:16 p.m. Sydney time, there are 6,980 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia and 98 deaths, Worldometer data revealed.

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