Govt to double antiviral drug Remdesivir production in 15 days

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New Delhi (NVI): With rising cases of Covid-19 in the country, the antiviral drug Remdesvir is in high demand. Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in a video message on Twitter announced that the production of antiviral drug will be doubled in the next 15 days.

“The government of India is making all efforts to increase the production of Remdesivir injection in the country and to ensure it is available at a low price. Currently, 150,000 vials of Remdesivir are being produced per day and, in the next 15 days, the production will be doubled to 300,000 vials each day,” Mandaviya said in a video message on Twitter.

He also added that the Centre is committed to ensure affordable availability of the drug. Remdesivir has shown to have effective results in better recovery of COVID patients.

He added that currently 20 plants are manufacturing the anti-viral drug and another 20 manufacturing sites have already been granted government’s approval and they would soon start the production.

“The existing number of plants in which Remdesivir is being produced is 20 and an equal number of additional plants have been sanctioned as well. We’re making all efforts to ensure that in the next few days, as many injections as possible are produced per day,” Mandaviya said.

India today reported 2,61,500 fresh cases in the last 24 hours and 1,501 related deaths, according to the Health Ministry data.