ANKARA

Japan has offered to provide an anti-flu drug free to countries including Turkey to treat coronavirus patients, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday.

According to Kyodo News, Motegi said 20 countries could get the drug Avigan, which is currently undergoing clinical tests, including Turkey, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, and Saudi Arabia.

Thirty more countries have showed interest in the drug, Motegi told reporters.

“We will work with interested countries to expand clinical research on Avigan internationally,” the agency quoted him as saying.

Avigan, also known as Favipiravir, is an antiviral drug developed by Toyama Chemical

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