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Flu fighter Avigan gets coronavirus call after 30 years in bullpen

Indonesia imports antiviral after endorsement from China

Avigan, the antiviral drug developed in Japan, has drawn global attention after Chinese medical authorities suggested it was effective in treating the new coronavirus. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Three days after Beijing endorsed the Japan-developed flu drug Avigan as a treatment for COVID-19, Indonesia is importing millions of doses to treat its patients, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said during a live-streamed press briefing from the Presidential Palace on Friday.

"No antivirus has been found. But some drugs have been tried in several countries and caused recovery -- namely Avigan," Jokowi said. "We have imported 5,000 doses, and are in the process of ordering 2 million more."

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