Photokina 2020 Canceled due to Coronavirus Outbreak and Postponed to May 2022

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Photokina 2020 has been canceled and postponed to May 2022. Down below you can read the press release.

You might remember, how back in December, FujiRumors told you that Fujifilm will not be at Photokina in May 2020. A few weeks later, Fujifilm confirmed our rumor. So, the news today won’t be relevant for Fujifilm shooters, but it is for the photography industry as a whole.

Interesting to note, that unlike announced earlier, Photokina will skip again a year, and we will have to wait 2 years for the next event.

Photokina Press Release

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China Says FUJIFILM Drug Avigan Works Against Coronavirus COVID-19 and Shares Jump up 15%

Fujifilm shares jumped up 15% in a single day, after the Chinese government has officially recommended the use of Fujifilm’s drug AVIGAN to fight the coronavirus.

Zhang Xinmin, director of the science ministry’s China National Center for Biotechnology Development, says:

“It has a high degree of safety and is clearly effective in treatment”

According to TheGuardian, the medicine was test on 340 patients.

Patients who were given the medicine in Shenzhen turned negative for the virus after a median of four days after becoming positive, compared with a median of 11 days for those who were not treated with the drug, public broadcaster NHK said.

In addition, X-rays confirmed improvements in lung condition in about 91% of the patients who were treated with favipiravir [another name for Avigan], compared to 62% or those without the drug.

Just a few weeks ago, the Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato recommended Fujifilm’s Avigan drug to treat the Coronavirus. But the health ministry now specified:

But a Japanese health ministry source suggested the drug was not as effective in people with more severe symptoms. “We’ve given Avigan to 70 to 80 people, but it doesn’t seem to work that well when the virus has already multiplied,” the source told the Mainichi Shimbun.

As you know, FujiRumors lives in North Italy, currently the COVID-19 hot spot. An efficient cure would be the fastest way out of this. Let’s hope Fujifilm or somebody else will deliver that quickly.

via theguardian via asia.nikkei via via reuters via japantoday via bioworld via bloomberg

Fujifilm Statement Following the Postponement of The Photography Show due to Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

Fujifilm Statement following the Postponement of the Photography Show, 14-17 March 2020

Fujifilm Statement following the Postponement of the Photography Show, 14-17 March 2020:

The coronavirus epidemic is a unique situation – and from both a staff and an audience perspective, the decision to postpone The Photography Show is the most responsible decision and one that we fully support.

Through this evolving situation, the health of Fujifilm employees, partners and customers is our primary concern.

While we understand that the photography community will be disappointed, we have been developing our contingency plan for several weeks and we look forward to bringing all of the elements of The Photography Show experience to life over the coming weeks, the schedule of which will be announced shortly.

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Coronavirus: Fujifilm Resumed Operation at Chinese Digital Camera Plant, but…

The Fujifilm factory in Suzhou, China
The Fujifilm factory in Suzhou, China

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Fujifilm closed their factory in Suzhou, China. Now they re-opened.

Fujifilm resumed operation on February 10 at a digital camera assembly plant in Suzhou, China, which had been closed since the Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year). Toshihisa Iida, General Manager of Optics and Electronic Imaging Division)

However, we have been told (thanks) that only a very limited number of people actually went back at work, as workers are either under quarantine or travel bans (many Chinese left for the Chinese New Year at the end of January and now can’t go back to Suzhou).

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