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GOJ begins delivering remdesivir to medical institutions

  • May 12, 2020
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NHK reported that Health Minister Kato told the press this morning that yesterday the GOJ began delivering supplies of the antiviral drug remdesivir received from a U.S. pharmaceutical maker to medical institutions to treat COVID-19 patients. The network said the MHLW is planning to only administer the drug to seriously ill patients, quoting the minister as saying: “We confirmed the number of patients at each medical institution who will be given the drug through an online survey in order to appropriately deliver it to patients in need.” When asked how much of the medicine Japan has received from the manufacturer, Kato reportedly said: “The drug was provided by the pharmaceutical firm on the condition that the amount would not be disclosed, and we intend to keep that promise.”

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