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Published On: Wed, Mar 18th, 2020

China finds new antiviral drug against Coronavirus

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A Chinese official said an antiviral drug, Favipiravir has shown good clinical efficacy against coronavirus (COVID-19).
The virus was first detected in Wuhan, a city in the Asian country, in December.
Speaking during a press briefing on Tuesday, Zhang Xinmin, director of the China National Center for Biotechnology Development, said the clinical trial of the drug has been concluded, according to several news reports yesterday.
He said Favipiravir, an influenza drug which was approved for clinical use in Japan in 2014, did not show obvious adverse reactions during the clinical trial.
According to the official, more than 80 patients participated in the trial in the Third People’s Hospital of Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong province.
Xinmin said 35 patients were taking Favipiravir and the 45 were on a control group.
At the end of the trial, he said the results showed that the patients who took the Favipiravir drug tested negative for the virus within a short time. On the other hand, the patients in the control group have shown no improvement.
Another clinical research at the Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan University showed that the “therapeutic effect of the drug is stronger than the control group”.
Xinmin said the drug has been recommended in the diagnosis and treatment of the deadly virus..
He added that a pharmaceutical firm in the country has been granted the approval to mass-produce and supply favipiravir.

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