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Fujifilm Drug Avigan (Favipiravir) For COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Treatment Tested Worldwide (USA included) and Offered for Free to 20 Countries

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Last month we reported how Zhang Xinmin, director of the science ministry’s China National Center for Biotechnology Development, said that the Fujifilm produced drug Avigan “has a high degree of safety and is clearly effective in treatment” and how a Japanese health ministry source suggested the drug was not as effective in people with more severe symptom.

A few days later, Fujifilm published another official statement, where they announce the start of phase III clinical trial of “Avigan” on COVID-19 Coronavirus and the commitment to increase production.

Avigan is currently tested all over the world, including here in Italy, where I live. But also in USA and many other countries.

Moreover, Japan plans to provide the anti-flu drug Avigan for free to 20 countries hoping to use it to treat coronavirus patients, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday.

As a consequence, Fujifilm ramped up production of flu drug Avigan as possible COVID-19 treatment.

Fujifilm or not, let’s hope some cure comes up soon, or this unreal situation will keep up for a long time.

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