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China Approves First Homegrown Antiviral Covid Pill

  • Genuine Biotech adapted an HIV medication to treat infections
  • Drug will compete with Pfizer’s Paxlovid to speed recovery
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China approved its first homegrown Covid antiviral, as regulators cleared a medicine from Genuine Biotech that was previously used to treat HIV.

The National Medical Products Administration gave the nod to Azvudine from the Henan-based drug company for adults with moderate Covid-19 disease under an emergency use authorization, according to a statement by the agency on Monday.