Several thousand doses of the Russian drug for the treatment of COVID-19 patients arrived in Venezuela. President of the Republic Nicolas Maduro announced this on the air of state television.
“A strong antiviral drug Favipiravir has arrived from Russia. <...> Thousands of doses have arrived from Russia to save lives, “TASS quoted Maduro as saying on October 19.
He stressed that the drug is especially effective in the treatment of patients in serious condition.
In addition, the head of state promised that Favipiravir would be free for citizens, Gazeta.ru writes.
Last week, the Russian government added the anti-coronavirus drug favipiravir to the list of essential and essential medicines.
Among other things, the Assistant Minister of Health of Russia Alexei Kuznetsov said on October 9 that there were no cases of serious adverse reactions to the use of drugs for the treatment of patients with coronavirus based on favipiravir in the country.
In early October, it became known that the first batch of the Russian Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine had arrived in Venezuela.
According to Worldometer, as of October 19, 86.6 thousand cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Venezuela, 736 people died, 79.6 thousand recovered.