China approves two locally developed oral drugs for Covid-19

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BEIJING - China has approved two domestically developed oral medicines for Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms, the National Medical Products Administration said on Sunday.

The drugs, used for treating adult patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 infections, have been developed by Simcere Pharmaceutical Group and a unit of Shanghai Junshi Biosciences, the administration said in a statement on its website.

China abandoned its stringent zero-Covid policy in early December after protests against it, allowing people to travel and the virus to spread rapidly throughout the country, boosting demand for Covid-19 treatments. REUTERS

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