Budget 2020

Cipla to make and sell Eli Lilly’s baricitinib to treat COVID-19

Cipla’s deal with Lilly expands the its portfolio of COVID-19 drugs. Drugmaker Cipla Ltd said on Monday it had entered into a licensing agreement with U.S. company Eli Lilly and Co to make and sell Lilly’s arthritis drug baricitinib for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The agreement comes at a time when India is struggling […]

Budget 2020

Drugmakers say Biden misguided over patent waiver

U.S. President supports waiving intellectual property rights for COVID vaccines Drugmakers on Thursday said U.S. President Joe Biden’s support for waiving patents of COVID-19 vaccines could disrupt a fragile supply chain and that rich countries should instead share more generously with the developing world. Mr. Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind waiving intellectual property […]

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COVID-19: HC asks police to examine plea on politicians procuring, distributing Remdesivir

The Delhi High Court Tuesday asked the police to examine the instances of politicians allegedly procuring and distributing Remdesivir, used for treating COVID-19 patients, in the national capital and take steps for lodging of FIR in case of offence. A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said the court was not inclined however […]

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Government to import 4.5 lakh vials of antiviral drug Remdesivir

The government has placed orders for import of 4.5 lakh vials of antiviral drug Remdesivir with the first consignment of 75,000 vials expected to reach Indian shores on Friday, Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry said in a statement. The government has started importing the vital drug from other countries to ease its shortage in the country, […]

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Pandemic aid begins to arrive in Covid-stricken India

The first emergency medical supplies arrived in India on Tuesday as part of a global campaign to staunch a catastrophic wave in the latest pandemic hotspot, with the United States also pledging to export millions of vaccine doses. Crates of ventilators and oxygen concentrators from Britain were unloaded at a Delhi airport early Tuesday, the […]

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Acquire all tankers across country for supply of oxygen to states, Gehlot urges PM Modi

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone, urging him to acquire all tankers across the country to supply medical oxygen to the states, official sources said. The way the Centre has acquired the oxygen plants in the country, it should acquire all tankers for the transportation […]

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Can’t allow India to become ‘battlefield’ for oxygen, ventilators, Remdesivir: Sachin Pilot

Asserting that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic must be treated as a national medical emergency, senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday said the Centre must step up to the plate and not leave the states to fend for themselves as India cannot be allowed to become a “battlefield for oxygen and Remdesivir“. […]

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Government exempts oxygen, key equipment from Customs duty, cess

Scrambling to tackle the oxygen crisis that has severely hampered efforts to combat the second Covid wave, the Centre Saturday announced that imports of medical-grade oxygen and a set of key related equipment will be exempted from basic customs duty and health cess for three months “with immediate effect”. The decision was announced after Prime […]