India approaches Egypt, UAE, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh for Remdesivir

India approaches Egypt, UAE, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh for Remdesivir

India is looking forward to procuring Remdesivir from Egypt, UAE, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh. Though US pharma Gilead Sciences has agreed to provide 450 000 vials of remdesivir, the government is securing itself with some more extra doses from other countries as well.

Official sources said Indian missions in these countries are working to facilitate the purchase of the Covid 19 drug, which remains in high demand in India as the pandemic runs riot.

India is right now facing an acute shortage of anti-viral drugs and had earlier this month waived import duty on import of Ram deceiver and the raw materials used to manufacture it. With the first consignment of oxygen-related equipment from the US, which is likely to arise in India on Friday, Sources here also denied that India had not earlier asked the US for Covid 19 vaccines, Astrazeneca, or any other available with the country.

A US official was quoted as saying this week that India hadn't asked for "ready-to-use" vaccines. While sources say that India's need for the vaccine was at least twice conveyed to the US.

Countries like Switzerland are providing aid in the form of oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and other medical equipment that will be distributed with the support of the Indian Red Cross Society.

Source- Hindustan Times

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