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Japan aims to triple Avigan stockpile with government help

Abe readies largest-ever stimulus package to fight the coronavirus

Clinical trials of Fujifilm's flu medication Avigan are expected to be effective in treating the COVID-19 virus.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will support a drive to boost production of the flu drug Avigan as a treatment for the novel coronavirus, with the aim of increasing stockpiles to triple the current amount, Nikkei has learned. 

The aid will be part of a stimulus package that will be approved by the cabinet on Tuesday, and will help Japan secure enough Avigan in the coming year to treat 2 million people.

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