Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday said the state is being allocated 26,000 Remdesivir injections per day by the Centre as against the requirement of 50,000 vials of the anti-COVID-19 drug.
"The state government's daily requirement is 50,000 Remdesivir injections, but the Centre's allocation is 26,000 injections per day.
This is for the next 10 days, which is very serious as timely use of the injections to treat co- morbid and serious COVID-19 patients can save lives," he said.
Remdesivir is listed for use in serious COVID-19 patients.
In view of a sudden spike in demand of the drug due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Centre last week banned its export till the situation improves.
Speaking on COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope on May 04 said, "Few centres were closed yesterday due to doses' shortage. Got 9 lakh vials today, to last for 2-3 days. 1 lakh inoculated so far in 18-44 age groups. Order placed for 18.5 lakh vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin).
Covid lockdown is likely to be extended in Maharashtra for another 15 days until May 15. Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the state Cabinet has taken an in-principle decision in this regard. "Covid-19 situation seems to have stabilised to some extent in the state. Today, the number (of daily cases) is 60,000-plus, there is some stability. We had earlier predicted that (daily) cases may go beyond 70,000. The issue of extending lockdown was discussed at the state Cabinet meeting. All ministers unanimously said it should be extended to break transmission chain. The lockdown across Maharashtra is likely to be extended by 15 days," He said. The strict curbs on people's movement and other activities are in force since April 14. Essential services have been exempted from the curbs that were to end on April 30.
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Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on April 28 said the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, has approved around Rs 6,500 crore to provide free vaccination for people between 18-44 years in the state. Tope explained that the state has nearly 5.71 crore people in the above mentioned age group and thus the state would require 12 crore doses for their vaccination. The third phase of vaccination, covering people aged 18-44 years, will start from May 01 even as several states have expressed concerns over availability of vaccines.
Police Economic Wing Unit conducted raids at various places in Patna over black marketing of Remdesivir injections. The demand of Remdesivir injections has increased amid COVID crisis. DSP of Patna Economic Wing Unit, Bhaskar Ranjan said, "We are investigating in the matter."
In view of COVID-19 vaccine shortage in the county, Rajasthan Transport Minister Pratap Khachariyawas on May 08 urged Centre to provide free vaccines for the people and said free COVID vaccine is the right of every citizen of this country and it should be given to all without any discussion. "People are gasping for oxygen and you (Centre) took control of oxygen management in your hands. If you can't manage then let the states manage on their own. Free vaccine is the right of every citizen of this country. It should be given to all without any discussion... They (Centre) have put GST on vaccines and started increasing prices of petrol and diesel after Bengal elections," said Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Khachariyawas on COVID situation in the country.
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