Govt to import 4.5 lakh vials of Remdesivir amid Covid spike

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, Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry stated in an announcement.

The authorities has began importing the important drug from different nations to ease its scarcity within 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 within the nation with a surge in COVID-19 instances.


The antiviral drug is getting used within the remedy of infectious illness.

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 anticipated that Gilead Sciences will dispatch 75,000 to 1,00,000 vials within the subsequent one or two days, it famous.

Further one lakh vials can even be provided 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 within the nation.

As on April 27, the manufacturing capability of the seven licensed home producers has elevated from 38 lakh vials per 30 days to 1.03 crore vials per 30 days, it stated.

Besides, a complete 13.73 lakh vials have been provided throughout the nation by the drug corporations within 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 Ministry of Home Affairs to states and union territories to facilitate clean motion of Remdesivir provides, the ministry famous.

The authorities has additionally taken numerous steps, like ban on exports and customs obligation waiver, to improve the supply of Remdesivir within the nation, it stated.

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

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

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