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Pharmaceuticals

From Avigan to remdesivir, hopes run high for coronavirus drugs

Scientists warn even repurposed medications will take time to show efficacy

Clinical trials to test the effectiveness of Avigan, made by Fujifilm of Japan, against the new coronavirus, will begin next week, the company says.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, wreaking havoc on the global economy, drugmakers around the world are searching for treatments and vaccines to stop the disease in its tracks.

Scientists are hopeful that treatments and vaccines are on the way, but they caution against promises of a quick fix.

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