The Japanese Embassy in Manila has announced that the Japanese government has brought Avigan tablets to Philippines today, August 6.
“The Government of Japan delivered Avigan tablets for 100 patients to the Philippine Department of Health on August 6, 2020 as part of its emergency grant aid to countries severely affected by COVID-19,” the Japanese embassy said.
It noted that the “Japan-made anti-flu drug Avigan has drawn interest from many countries for its potential to prevent viral replication, even as its effectiveness against the novel coronavirus is yet to be established.”
“In response to the requests received from the international community, Japan has formed close cooperation with several countries, including the Philippines, to expand clinical research on Avigan as treatment for this infectious disease,” it added.
“Each recipient government has acknowledged of Avigan’s proper usage and prescription in view of its known adverse side effects,” the Japanese embassy explained.
“Japan hopes that this ongoing cooperation with the Philippines would further contribute to the advancement of clinical research to contain the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said.