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.


Sudan says Ethiopia denies filling the Renaissance dam reservoir

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Sudan says Ethiopia denies filling the Renaissance dam reservoir

  • Ethiopia’s charge d’affaires in Khartoum told a Sudanese official that his country had not closed the dam gates
  • Egypt asked Ethiopia for urgent clarification on whether it had started filling the reservoir on Wednesday

CAIRO: Ethiopia has told Sudan that news reports that it had started filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir on the Blue Nile were incorrect, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
Ethiopia’s charge d’affaires in Khartoum also told a senior Sudanese Foreign Ministry official in a meeting that his country had not closed the dam gates, the statement added.
Ethiopian Water Minister Seleshi Bekele said on Wednesday in televised comments, of which a transcript was given to Reuters by his office, that “the construction of the dam and the filling of the water go hand in hand.”
“The filling of the dam doesn’t need to wait until the completion of the dam,” he added.
However, the Sudanese statement quoted the Ethiopian envoy as saying that the minister “did not make the comments attributed to him yesterday about starting the process of filling the dam.”
Addis Ababa is committed to continuing African Union- sponsored talks with Sudan and Egypt over the dam, its envoy was quoted as saying.
Earlier this week talks between the three nations to regulate the flow of water from the dam failed to reach agreement.
Sudan and Egypt both fear the $4 billion hydroelectric dam could lead to water shortages in their own nations.
The project has raised concerns in Egypt that already limited Nile waters will be further restricted. The Blue Nile is a tributary of the Nile from which Egypt gets 90% of its fresh water.
Egypt asked Ethiopia for urgent clarification on whether it had started filling the reservoir, the foreign ministry in Cairo said on Wednesday.