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Alcohol-free sanitiser developed to fight covid-19

Published Mar 24, 2020


CAPE TOWN - A South African company has developed an alcohol-free hand sanitiser that they believe can provide almost 3 hours of protection from virus-causing germs.

While the World Health Organisation has called for use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers, Afrinat - a player in the Industrial- Agri sector believe they could have an innovative alternative, particularly with the shortage of alcohol based sanitisers.

Afrinat say they have created a whole range of flavonoid based sanitisers called Vibacsan which provide clinically tested high efficacy rates of up to 99.998%. Flavonoids are nature's anti-microbials derived from plants and offers protection against bacteria, moulds, fungi and viruses.

According to Afrinat CEO, Dr Abdusamad Sidar the sanitisers have been widely tested.

"The active ingredient in the Vibacsan range of sanitisers has been tested against H5N1 (SARS), HIV, Influenza and more which shares its genetic make up with the Coronavirus and many other highly virulent viruses," said Sidar.

He said it had also been tested against bacteria internationally and locally.

"The Vibacsan range active ingredient has been dermatologically tested and verified by the NRCS in South Africa and the surface sanitiser has also been approved by the NSF in the USA," said Sidar.

He said the sanitisers have a residual effect which means it stays on your hand and gives you protection of up to 3 hours on your hands and up to 5 hours on surfaces. Alcohol provides around 120 seconds of protection before it completely evaporates. For more info visit

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