Fujifilm Avigan (Favipiravir) Clinical Trials For COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Treatment in USA and Russia Start

Fujifilm has been involved in the fight against COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the start and we have covered it longer than anyone ( 1234567, 8) with as much depth as would be reasonable on a photography site. It finally looks like larger countries are starting to wise up with Russia and the United States of America announcing the start of Clinical Trials of Avigan (Favipiravir) for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Treatment.

I certainly think it would be interesting for Fujifilm to “save” the world from COVID-19 with a viable treatment considering how badly it has devastated the creative community and how big of a roll Fujifilm plays in our community. While a vaccine is said to be at least a year away there are multiple viable treatments in trials right now and from my reading, Avigan (Favipiravir) seems to be the most viable of all with the most scientific evidence supporting its use, but there are a few others.

It seems to me that a lot of the push for hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) treatment came out of the initial successful Avigan (Favipiravir) trials in China and Japan since both can be used to treat malaria, but hydroxychloroquine hasn’t been tested as scientifically as Avigan (Favipiravir) for COVID-19 Treatment. The difference between the two drugs being that Avigan (Favipiravir) is still a drug of last resort for many treatments, whereas Hydroxychloroquine is often used as a primary treatment for malaria and more around the world which makes the drugs very different beyond the scope of this site.

Reducing recovery time and improving lung function within days would be a big win against COVID-19 and it might make the disease far less deadly, which would allow us to return to some semblance of normalcy. I know a lot of creatives are working for free or not at all nowadays thanks to the disruption caused by the virus, but there does some to be some legitimate hope on the horizon.

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