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Japan aims to make Avigan for coronavirus minus imported material

Country's sole maker of key material in drug, Denka, to resume production

The Japanese drug Avigan, approved as an anti-influenza medication, is seen as a promising treatment for coronavirus.    © EPA/ Jiji

TOKYO -- Japan's Denka Co. announced on Thursday that it will resume manufacturing a key component for Avigan, as the country seeks to ramp up production of the the anti-influenza drug seen as having promise treating COVID-19.

The company will next month start producing diethyl malonate -- a chemical also used in perfumes, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals -- at its factory in Niigata Prefecture.

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