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Maharashtra to receive 400 tons of medical oxygen, 30,000 vials of Remdesivir

Moreover, given that experts are warning of a potential third wave of the coronavirus, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had earlier directed all districts to set up oxygen plants.

Maharashtra to receive 400 tons of medical oxygen, 30,000 vials of Remdesivir
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In recent developments, Maharashtra is touted to get at least 400 tons of medical oxygen and 30,000 vials of Remdesivir in order to treat coronavirus patients.

According to sources, Inox India, Linde, Air Liquid, Tyo Nippon and Day SW, five major companies producing medical oxygen in the state, along with several smaller manufacturers have increased their production.

Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has fixed 1,784 tonnes of oxygen quota for Maharashtra. This includes state as well as out-of-state producers. The state is currently getting oxygen supply from various other states in which about 200 to 250 tons of oxygen is being received daily from Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Gujarat. Similarly, the state received 105 tonnes of oxygen on Friday, April 30, from the Oxygen Express, which left Visakhapatnam with seven tankers.

Moreover, given that experts are warning of a potential third wave of the coronavirus, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had earlier directed all districts to set up oxygen plants while also asking them to maintain adequate stock of essential medication.

On the other hand, pharmaceutical companies Cipla, Hetero, Zydus, Mylan, Sun Pharma, Dr, Reddy's and Jubilant are producing Remdesivir injections. Cipla has been producing Remdesivir in Maharashtra. These drugs are stored in depots at Bhiwandi, Pune and Nagpur. Maharashtra has been directed to stock 4,35,000 thousand Remdesivir injections from April 21 to April 30 by seven producers. Accordingly, 2,98,024 stocks have been made available in private and government hospitals between April 21-28.

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