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 Japan s health ministry granted emergency approval to Japanese drugmaker Shionogi Co s COVID 19 drug on Tuesday making it the first domestically developed oral drug against the virus The oral drug Xocova for coronavirus patients with mild symptoms has received fast track approval in Japan from a health ministry panel The move comes as the country has recently seen a spike in the number of daily coronavirus cases I hope it will contribute to measures against the coronavirus as another treatment option Japanese health minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters Two other oral drugs for COVID 19 patients with mild symptoms both developed by foreign pharmaceutical firms have already been licensed for use in Japan Japan reported 121 460 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday up 79 036 from the previous day s figure with Hokkaido recording 11 394 new cases a record daily number for Japan s northernmost prefecture Xinhua
Japan grants emergency approval to COVID-19 oral drug developed at home

Katsunobu Kato

Japan‘s health ministry granted emergency approval to Japanese drugmaker Shionogi & Co.’s COVID-19 drug on Tuesday, making it the first domestically developed oral drug against the virus.

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The oral drug, Xocova, for coronavirus patients with mild symptoms, has received fast track approval in Japan from a health ministry panel. The move comes as the country has recently seen a spike in the number of daily coronavirus cases.

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“I hope it will contribute to measures against the coronavirus as another treatment option,” Japanese health minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters.

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Two other oral drugs for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms, both developed by foreign pharmaceutical firms, have already been licensed for use in Japan.

Japan reported 121,460 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, up 79,036 from the previous day’s figure, with Hokkaido recording 11,394 new cases, a record daily number for Japan’s northernmost prefecture. ■

(Xinhua)

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