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Avigan trials will continue in Japan, with drug efficacy unclear

University seeks evidence as Abe government stands by goal of May approval

Data showing the effectiveness of Avigan (generic name: Favipiravir) would need to come forward within the next several days to meet the May approval target.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A Japanese team testing the flu drug Avigan as a treatment for the new coronavirus said Wednesday more time was needed to determine its effectiveness, while the government stood by a goal of approving the medication's use this month.

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