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Pharmaceuticals

Avigan still awaits Japanese approval as coronavirus cure

Optimism shrinks as clinical trials fail to produce definitive results

Proof of Avigan's effectiveness in curing COVID-19 patients remains out of reach. (generic name : Favipiravir).   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The approval of Avigan, a candidate drug for treating coronavirus infections, has been postponed by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare until June or later.

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