Japan approves remdesivir for coronavirus treatment

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan on Thursday authorised the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat coronavirus patients, the government said, with an eye to approving another medication Avigan this month.This makes Japan the second country to approve the drug after US regulators authorised it on Friday for emergency use against severe cases of COVID-19.”Remdesivir was approved under exceptional measures,” a health, labour and welfare ministry official said.”It was our country’s first such approval for the treatment of coronavirus patients,” the official told AFP.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last week the gov…

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