China approves 2 domestically developed Covid-19 drugs

Patients lie on beds in the emergency department of a hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Shanghai, China, on Jan 5, 2023.
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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 (Jan 29).

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 Co Ltd, 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 treatments.

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