TOKYO — Japan will provide flu drug and potential coronavirus treatment Avigan free of charge to Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by phone Tuesday.
Iran had requested the meeting to discuss the countries’ response to the new coronavirus. The rare telephone conversation marked Abe and Rouhani’s first time speaking since their December summit here.
The Japanese government will start sending Avigan to more than 40 countries fighting COVID-19, including Indonesia, the Netherlands and Turkey, after the end of its Golden Week holidays this week. The shipments will be made through the United Nations Office for