04-Apr-20, Japan Times 

The Japanese government is considering providing Avigan for free to other countries that want to use the flu drug to treat coronavirus patients.

Japan might dispense flu drug Avigan to other countries for free as COVID 19 treatment(c)AFP JIJI


The drug, developed by a group firm of Fujifilm Holdings, is considered effective for treating COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a news conference on 28-Mar-20 that the government will push the development of vaccines and drugs to fight the pneumonia-causing virus. 

A study by researchers at Wuhan University and other institutions in China has shown cases in which Avigan was effective against the new coronavirus, especially for those with mild symptoms.

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