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Government to import 4.5 lakh vials of antiviral drug Remdesivir amid spike in COVID-19 cases

Government to import 4.5 lakh vials of antiviral drug Remdesivir amid spike in COVID-19 cases
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The authorities has positioned orders for import of 4.5 lakh vials of antiviral drug Remdesivir with the primary consignment of 75,000 vials

The authorities has positioned orders for import of 4.5 lakh vials of antiviral drug Remdesivir with the primary consignment of 75,000 vials anticipated to attain Indian shores on Friday, the Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry stated in a press release.

The authorities has began importing important medication from different nations to ease its scarcity in the nation, it stated. The first consignment of 75,000 vials will attain India on Friday, it added. Demand for Remdesivir has gone up manifold in the nation with a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The antiviral drug is getting used in the therapy of infectious illnesses. HLL Lifecare Ltd, a Government of India-owned firm has ordered 4,50,000 vials of Remdesivir from M/s Gilead Sciences Inc USA and Egyptian Pharma Company, M/s Eva Pharma, the discharge stated.

It is predicted that Gilead Sciences will dispatch 75,000 to 1,00,000 vials in the subsequent one or two days, it famous. Further one lakh vials will even be equipped earlier than or by May 15, the discharge stated.

EVA Pharma will provide round 10,000 vials initially adopted by 50,000 vials each 15 days or until July, it added. The Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry stated it has additionally ramped up the manufacturing capability of Remdesivir in the nation.

As of April 27, the manufacturing capability of the seven licensed home producers has elevated from 38 lakh vials per thirty days to 1.03 crore vials per thirty days, it stated.

Besides, a complete of 13.73 lakh vials have been equipped throughout the nation by the drug corporations in the final seven days (April 21-28). The every day provide has gone up from 67,900 vials on April 11 to 2.09 lakh vials on April 28, it added.

An advisory was additionally issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs to states and union territories to facilitate clean motion of Remdesivir provides, the ministry famous.

The authorities has additionally taken varied steps, like a ban on exports and customs responsibility waiver, to improve the provision of Remdesivir in the nation, it stated.

India noticed 3,86,452 new coronavirus infections in a span of 24 hours, the very best single-day rise to this point, pushing the full tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,87,62,976, whereas energetic cases crossed the 31-lakh mark.


 

The loss of life toll elevated to 2,08,330 with 3,498 new fatalities, as per the Union well being ministry knowledge. 

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