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02 June 2020 / 14:10

Russians claim to have an effective treatment for the coronavirus

Russia will roll out its first approved drug for Covid-19 next week, its state financial backer told Reuters. The move will give the healthcare system a boost and help the country’s economic revival.

The head of Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund told Reuters in an interview that Russian hospitals could an begin giving the antiviral drug, registered under the name Avifavir, to patients from June 11.

Avifavir, known generically as favipiravir, was first developed in the late 1990s by a Japanese company, later bought by Fujifilm as it moved into healthcare.

RDIF head Kirill Dmitriev said Russian scientists had modified and enhanced Avifavir and Moscow would be ready to share the details of those modifications within two weeks.

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