China's First Homegrown Oral Pill for COVID-19 Put into Production
A ceremony marking the commencement of production of Azvudine, China's first homegrown small-molecule oral pill targeting adult COVID-19 patients with moderate symptoms, was held at Genuine Biotech Co Ltd based in Pingdingshan city of Henan province on August 2.
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The production of Azvudine is bound to play a significant role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and boosting the development of biomedical industry across China. Chang Junbiao, a professor at Zhengzhou University and a leading researcher of the pill, said that clinical trials show that Azvudine is effective against COVID-19 since the genetic material of COVID-19 is RNA and the drug has broad-spectrum antiviral effects against various RNA viruses.
真实生物阿兹夫定片的投产，对于抗击全球新冠肺炎疫情、推动河南及中国生物医药产业发展将起到重要作用。据郑州大学教授常俊标介绍，阿兹夫定具有广谱抑制RNA病毒复制的作用，新冠病毒同属RNA作为遗传物质的病毒，经临床试验证明，该药物对新冠病毒有良好的抑制作用。（中文来源/大河网 文图/蔡长伟 王冰珂 编译/赵汉青 何蒙贺 审校/张军平）