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16 Apr 2020

Amina Wako, Nairobi News (Kenya)

Kenya: Hennessy clarifies its drink cannot protect from Covid-19 after influential politician distributes drink to poor claiming it has healing properties

"Hennessy responds after Sonko donates alcohol in Covid-19 fight"

Hennessy has come out to refute claims by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko that their drink or any other alcoholic beverage can protect a consumer from the coronavirus. “Our attention has been drawn to a video circulating across different media channels on Tuesday 14 of April 2020, alleging that the consumption of Hennessy helps to fight Covid-19,” said a statement from the local distributor of the cognac. This was in response to video circulated by Sonko where he said he had included Hennessy in Covid-19 care packages distributed to the poor in the city.

Hennessy denounced the position taken by the city county boss, saying their alcoholic beverage, or any other, does not cure or protect one from the Covid-19. “Hennessy would like to stress that the consumption of our brand or any other alcoholic beverage does not protect against the virus,” a statement signed by country manager, Anne-Claire Delamarre, reads in part...“In line with the WHO and Ministry of Health of Kenya, Hennessy advises on washing hands regularly with soap and water or hydro-alcoholic gels, wearing face masks, practicing social distancing and staying at home,” the French distiller said.