Russia reports one-day high of 20,582 new COVID-19 cases
Avifavir Drug to Be Free of Charge in Russia for COVID-Positive Patients
/NOVOSTIVL/ Russia has confirmed a record number of 20,582 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 1,733,440, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Friday.
Meanwhile, 378 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 29,887.
Moscow, the country's worst-hit region, reported 6,253 new cases, taking its tally of infections to 456,689, the response center said.
According to the statement, 1,296,124 people have recovered, including 16,955 over the past day.
So far, over 63.5 million tests have been conducted across the country.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund's (RDIF) and the ChemRar group of companies have received permission for the outpatient use of the Avifavir medication against COVID-19, which will be free of charge in the framework of the Russian compulsory health insurance, the RDIF said on Friday in a press release.
"RDIF and the ChemRar group of companies announce that they received permission for the outpatient use of the first Russian drug against coronavirus, Avifavir, which will be provided to patients free of charge. The drug is already provided free of charge under the compulsory medical insurance program to patients undergoing treatment for coronavirus in healthcare facilities," the RDIF said.
In late May, Avifavir received a registration certificate from the Russian Health Ministry, becoming the world's first favipiravir-based drug approved for the treatment of COVID-19.
In order to meet the demand for the medication, the RDIF and ChemRar will double production capacity to 200,000 packs per month. Moreover, Amifavir has already been exported to 15 countries around the world.
RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev has said that the outpatient use of Avifavir will help reduce the burden on health facilities amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.