“Avigan treats 90% of coronavirus cases“asserts an Italian, established in Japan, in a viral video. Info or poison? The Japanese antiviral, authorized since 2014 is currently being tested by the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) in the hope of a cure for Covid-19. But for now, nothing has been scientifically proven.
In Japan, you don't confine yourself and normal life keeps its course. The reason ? A simple drug, Avigan, whose molecule is favipiravir, an anti-flu capable of eradicating 90% of cases of Covid-19. Finally … this is what the Italian Cristiano Aresu, supposedly a pharmacy graduate, based in Japan, claims. “Why are we hiding such an important fact in Italy?“expressed the man in a video that has gone viral since.
A drug banned in Europe
Perhaps because this drug is banned in Europe, as well as in the United States … But this message had the merit of arousing the curiosity of the Italian health authorities who hastened to launch clinical trials! If, however, the AIFA gives its approval, the president of the Venetian region, Luca Zaia would like to test it on all Covid-19 patients currently hospitalized.
The uso del #favipiravir (commercial name #Avigan) per # Covid19 non è autorizzato in Europa e Usa. Al momento non esistono studi clinici pubblicati relativi all'efficacia e alla sicurezza del farmaco.
– Ministero Salute (@MinisteroSalute) March 22, 2020
It is a antiviral used against viral strains resistant to conventional drugs. In particular, it has been successfully used to combat Ebola. According to the results on 200 people tested in China, it would reduce the duration of the disease to 4 days (against 11 in general) but would be especially effective in people whose Covid-19 was detected very early. In addition, it can cause significant side effects, such as fetal deformities in pregnant women.
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