India approaches Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Bangladesh in search of Remdesevir | India News
While the US pharmaceutical giant. Gilead Sciences has agreed to provide 450,000 vials of Remdesevir, the government is also looking to acquire it from countries such as Egypt, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh. Official sources said that Indian missions in these countries are working to facilitate the purchase of the Covid-19 drug, which continues to be in high demand in India as the pandemic rages.
Faced with an acute shortage of the antiviral drug, India earlier this month waived import duties on Remdesevir and the raw materials used to make it. Official sources here described Remdesevir owner Gilead’s decision to donate 450 vials of the drug and also provide raw materials to increase local production as a diplomatic victory.
Given that the first US shipment of oxygen-related equipment is likely to arrive in India on Friday, sources here also denied that India had not previously ordered 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 had not ordered “ready-to-use” vaccines. However, sources here said that India’s need for vaccines was transmitted at least twice to the US To speed up its own vaccination program, India hopes to get some of the 10 million doses of AstraZeneca it already has. United States and another 50 million doses in production there. India also expects the US to approve the supply of filters required for the manufacture of Covishield vaccine.
Official sources also clarified that, while India was not going to reject aid in the form of subsidies, the government had not made any appeal for international aid. The main agenda, they said, was to acquire from abroad specific equipment such as oxygen generation plants and concentrators that can help alleviate the oxygen situation in the country and also drugs such as Remdesevir. A list of such equipment has been provided to Indian missions for purchase. India normally accepts aid for projects from major development partners such as Japan and the US.
Countries like Switzerland are providing help in the form of oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical equipment that will be distributed with the support of the Indian Red Cross Society.
In terms of private sector assistance, the United States-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) is said to be working to help transport oxygen in India. “They will transport oxygen cylinders by air to India. Through donation from member companies, USISPF is procuring 100,000 portable oxygen concentrators for use at home and hospitals to be shipped to India immediately,” said a source. .