Ukraine is launching clinical trials of a drug against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

"Ukraine is launching clinical trials of a locally produced drug, which, according to preliminary findings of Ukrainian scientists and manufacturers, can significantly reduce or completely neutralize the risk of death from complications caused by the coronavirus infection," the president's press service said.

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In addition, the possibility of using this drug both for the treatment and prevention of the coronavirus is being examined.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he hopes that the clinical trials will officially confirm the effectiveness of the drug that will help save the lives of thousands of Ukrainians in the future.

"I believe in Ukrainian scientists, and today we keep our fingers crossed for them all over the country," the president said.

The President's Office said more details would follow.

As UNIAN reported earlier, there were 6,592 confirmed coronavirus cases in Ukraine as of the morning of April 22.