Japanese pharmaceutical company Shionogi began testing a drug to treat coronavirus.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the new medications come as pills; these should be taken once a day. They are supposed to neutralize the virus within five days.
From 50 to 100 volunteers are participating in this campaign in Japan; later, the number is supposed to be increased. The tests are supposed to be over by early 2022.
If the tests are successful, Shionogi hopes to launch cooperation with some big international corporation, aiming for distribution of the drugs worldwide.
Merck and Prizer companies have previously began testing their drugs on humans, too. Pfizer claimed that their drug can reach the market already this year; it gets ready for tests with 2,000 patients participating.
The Wall Street Journal added that these companies are eager to fill in one of the largest gaps in combating the pandemic. Many people don't want to get vaccinated, and the disease can't protect everyone from getting sick.