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Japan's Takeda in push to debut COVID-19 treatment this year

Drugmaker joins big pharma's commitment to pool resources in fight against virus

Takeda hopes to launch an antibody treatment for COVID-19 this year.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical is aiming to roll out an antibody treatment for COVID-19 as early as this year, as it joins global big pharma's pledge to rise to the occasion amid a global pandemic.

"We believe that within nine to 18 months we could have a product that has real potential to treat the most critically ill patients," Rajeev Venkayya, president of Takeda's global vaccine business unit, said Thursday.

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