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Shionogi's oral COVID drug given emergency approval in Japan

TOKYO, November 23 ------ A panel of the Japanese health ministry granted fast-track approval to Shionogi & Co.'s oral COVID-19 drug.

The medicine for coronavirus patients with mild symptoms will be the country's first domestically produced oral drug against the virus. The decision comes as Japan has recently seen a rebound in the number of daily coronavirus cases.

The government has eased restrictions on people's activity including removing its cap on daily foreign arrivals, while also starting a subsidy program for residents to boost domestic tourism.


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