Russian Federation to Roll Out 'Game-Changing' Anti-Coronavirus Drug

Russia's COVID-19 cases exceed 400000

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It has also been approved for use against influenza in Japan since 2014, so its safety is well established and studied.

The Russian military and scientific community have been declaring their intention that Russia be the first or one of the first countries to develop a vaccine against Covid-19.

It is expected that in the near future 60,000 strips of the aforementioned drug, manufactured jointly by the FID, will be distributed in Russian hospitals.

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Hospitals can soon begin giving favipiravir, a drug traditionally used against the flu, to patients in early June after approval by Russia's Ministry of Health, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), and ChemRar Group said on Saturday.

There is now no effective vaccine for the disease and human trials of several existing antiviral drugs have yet to show efficacy. In Russia drugs on the basis of favipiravir before been tested.

Kirill Dmitriev, the RDIF chief executive, told Arab News: "We are in talks with our Saudi partners about possible supplies of Avifavir to Saudi Arabia". Russia's Ministry of Health temporarily approved the use of the drug Avifavir as a coronavirus treatment on May 30, after preliminary trials showed it could shorten recovery times for patients with COVID-19. The number of medical centers approved for the participation in Avifavir clinical trials has increased from 30 to 35 across Russia's regions. Japan has been trialling the same drug, which is known there as Avigan.

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Dmitriev said clinical trials of the drug had been conducted involving 330 people, and had shown that it successfully treated the virus in most cases within four days.

"The tests are underway and we plan to start clinical trials in the next two weeks", Health Minister Mikhail Murashko was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.

With 405,843 cases, Russian Federation has the third highest number of infections in the world after Brazil and the United States, though with 4,693 official deaths, a much lower fatality rate, something that has been the focus of debate.

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