Kuwait to receive Japanese COVID-19 drug next week

The use of the drug will be in accordance to Japanese guidelines, World Health Organization’s recommendations, and Kuwait’s regulations. (File/AFP)
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Updated 06 June 2020

Kuwait to receive Japanese COVID-19 drug next week

  • The antiviral medication Faviporavir, sold under the brand name Avigan, has shown promising results after clinical trials

DUBAI: Kuwait’s Health Ministry said the first batch of Avigan, a Japanese medicine that showed positive results in treating coronavirus patients, will arrive in the country next week, local daily Arab Times has reported.
The antiviral medication Faviporavir, sold under the brand name Avigan, has shown promising results after clinical trials on coronavirus cases, according to the minister.
“This first shipment of the medication comes as part of assistance for emergency response and humanitarian purposes. It has no commercial aspect from the Japanese government,” Dr Abdullah Al Badr, the Kuwaiti Health Ministry’s assistant undersecretary for medication affairs, said in a statement.
The use of the drug will be in accordance to Japanese guidelines, World Health Organization’s recommendations, and Kuwait’s regulations.


First UAE delegation lands in Israel

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First UAE delegation lands in Israel

  • The officials were greeted by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • The delegation will remain in airport due to coronavirus regulations

DUBAI: The first official UAE delegation landed in Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on Tuesday, TV news channel Al-Arabiya reported.
The officials were greeted by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the report added, and will remain in the area of the airport due to coronavirus regulations. The whole visit will last for five hours.
The trilateral meetings between Israel, US and UAE will include Netanyahu, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Assistant to the President Avi Berkowitz, UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid Al-Tayer and UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla Bin Touq Al-Marri.
UAE’s Director of Strategic Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affaris Hend Al-Otaiba posted an image of an Etihad plane with a caption saying “this morning UAE prepares to send its first official delegation to Israel, led by HE Obaid Al Tayer and HE Abdulla Bin Touq, and accompanied by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.”

“We will sign 4 agreements that will change the path of the people of UAE and Israel,” said Netanyahu. Israel and the UAE have already signed several commercial deals since mid-August, when they first announced they would establish full relations. “The agreements will strengthen bilateral relations between UAE and Israel,” said Al-Tayer. The UAE and fellow Gulf state Bahrain in September became the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to sign deals to establish formal ties with Israel, a move that Washington and its allies have said would foster regional peace and stability but which has been rejected by the Palestinians. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Middle East envoy Ari Berkowitz are joining them on the trip, after having accompanied an Israeli delegation to Bahrain on Sunday for a signing ceremony to formalize ties. (with agencies)