Japan To Supply Coronavirus Medicine To 43 Countries For Free
Japan will begin free delivery to 43 countries of the drug "Avigan," also known as" Favipiravir" and "Favilavir," as a promising tool for the treatment of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus, foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at a press conference in Tokyo.
"During telephone conversations with the foreign Ministers of each country, it became clear that there is a great interest in Avigan. We have received requests for the delivery of Avigan from almost 80 countries through diplomatic channels. To date, we have agreed on delivery details with 43 countries. But we will be able to start delivery soon after the weekend. As for the number, since we are talking about clinical trials, a sufficient number of people will be sent to each country to treat 20 people, a maximum of 100," the Minister said.
The drug was developed to treat the flu six years ago. However, then during experiments on animals, side effects were found in the development of the fetus. As a result, it was excluded from use by pregnant women and was included in the list of drugs that can be treated by the special order of the government if all other drugs do not work.
Meanwhile, Chinese doctors have found it effective in treating pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus infection.
In March, Japan began conducting clinical trials on 80 patients infected with a new type of coronavirus, with mild symptoms and without symptoms. Japan now has enough Avigan to treat two million people.