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COVID-19: Maha Govt to Issue Work Orders for Remdesivir Vials, Oxygen Concentrators, and More


COVID-19: Maha Govt to Issue Work Orders for Remdesivir Vials, Oxygen Concentrators, and More
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Officials from the Maharashtra Government have said that they are likely to issue work orders for oxygen concentrators, liquid oxygen, and remdesivir injections within the next few days to combat coronavirus in Maharashtra. The state had issued global tenders for these essential medical items not too long ago with several responses coming through. 

Authorities said that only one party was interested in supplying up to 25,000 MT of liquid medical oxygen at an estimated cost of ₹600 crores. The original Expression of Interest (EoI) was offered by the state government on April 27 for 10 lakh vials of remdesivir, 134 PSA oxygen generator plants, 25,000 MT of liquid oxygen, 27 oxygen storage tanks, and 40,000 oxygen concentrators. 

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State Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare, Rajesh Tope mentioned that the government saw responses from bidders capable of supplying 3.5 lakh remdesivir vials as well as 20,000 oxygen concentrators.

“We are receiving responses from many countries. Most products are not in use in India, and we are seeking advice from the medical fraternity to ensure products we purchase are usable,” an official said.

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The official went on to say that negotiations are currently ongoing to make sure the quality of the supplied items are not compromised while it is said that embassies in the state are also being involved in the process to make sure purchases go through quickly. 

The state is prioritizing suppliers that can provide the required items in a short time given the urgency around COVID-19.  

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