Fuji films ‘ present “COVID Cures”- lead star of the show is AVIGAN slayer of the flu. In Shenzhen, a city in China, a clinical trial involving 80 participants demonstrated better chest improvement in those treated with Favipiravir, noted Zhang. Patients treated with the drug tested negative for the genomic trace of the virus in lesser time, compared to those not administered with the drug. The drug was able to shorten the recovery time from 11 days to four days for mild and regular cases.

Another trial in Wuhan showed that the drug shortened fever duration from an average of 4.2 days to 2.5 days. Zhang said that Favipiravir has been effective, without any obvious side-effects, in helping coronavirus patients recover.

Fuji Film had no comment on the Chinese government’s announcement. The company produces Avigan only when the Japanese government provides orders and has no sales target, said a Fuji Film spokeswoman. The company’s shares increased by 15% on Wednesday morning after the announcement.

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