Russia has offered India to supply medical oxygen and Remdesivir, and these imports are expected to begin within the next 15 days.
Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, Moscow has offered oxygen and four lakh Remdesivir injections every week to the country.
In the fight against Covid -19, the Central Government has decided to ramp up Remdesivir production and has already waived the import duty on it.
As the country experiences a high spike in the number of cases, Dr. Randeep Guleria, the director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi said, “Remdesivir isn’t a magic bullet and isn’t a drug that decreases mortality. It cannot be used in the same way as a normal antibiotic.”
Only hospitalized COVID-19 patients may be treated with Remdesivir, whether they have mild, moderate or severe disease. Remdesivir was approved and authorized for emergency use to treat COVID‑19 in various countries During the Pandemic. In November 2020, the World Health Organization issued updated recommendations that provide a conditional recommendation against using Remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19.
Several nations have offered to help India. During a press briefing, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “We’re looking at what we can do to help and support the people of India,”. He said India is a great partner and that the help could include providing ventilators or therapeutics.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “Australia stands with our friends in India as it manages a difficult second COVID-19 wave. We know how strong and resilient the Indian nation is. Narendra Modi and I will keep working in partnership on this global challenge.”
The European Union has expressed its support, and France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, has said that his country stands with India in the face of a conflict that seems to be sparing no one.
Several countries have been listed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the procurement of high-capacity tankers and oxygen gas cylinders. The government is also working with Singapore and the United Arab Emirates in airlifting oxygen containers amid the acute oxygen shortage.
India will also airlift 23 mobile oxygen generating plants and containers from Germany to cater the shortage.