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BMC receives 1,000 vials of Remdesivir

The BMC has procured 1,000 vials of the COVID-19 drug Remdesivir for distribution of it in some of the hospitals treating cases of the coronavirus.

BMC receives 1,000 vials of Remdesivir
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In recent developments, the civic body on Monday, September 28, procured 1,000 vials of the COVID-19 drug Remdesivir for distribution of it in some of the hospitals treating cases of the coronavirus.

It was earlier reported that the hospitals in the city were facing a shortage of drug Remdesivir. The antiviral drug helps stabilize moderate cases of the coronavirus as it works by copying the coronavirus's genetic make-up, the RNA and slows down replication. It happens to be the first drug approved by licensing authorities in the US to treat the patients suffering from COVID-19. Lab trials by scientists have shown that the drug has also been successful in fighting against Ebola in the past.

Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope had earlier stated that the state had placed orders and the government was obtaining the drug at a nominal rate of ₹2,200 per injection and the pricing along with the sale should be at the same rate. Tope further added that the NCP chief Sharad Pawar had stepped in and assured to arrange 1,000 injections of Remdesivir in his personal capacity for the treatment of people.

However, additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani voiced that the state had placed an order of 8,000 vials of the drug but it has received only 1,000 for immediate use as the rest are to be delivered in the coming days.

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