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Coronavirus

Japan asks US for stable remdesivir supply as Tokyo rushes approval

Treatment could be available as early as mid-May

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump: The Japanese government is trying to ensure supplies of the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat the coronavirus.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan aims to approve remdesivir as a treatment for the coronavirus in as little as a week, the health minister said Saturday, as Tokyo asked the U.S. to ensure it receives adequate supplies of the drug.

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