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Uttar Pradesh govt to procure 25,000 Remdesivir injections from Gujarat

Remdesivir is considered a key antiviral drug in fight against COVID-19, especially among adults with severe complications.

April 14, 2021 / 04:30 PM IST
Remdesivir [Image: Reuters]

Remdesivir [Image: Reuters]

Uttar Pradesh health officials were on Wednesday sent to Ahmedabad to procure 25,000 Remdesivir injections on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's directions.

Remdesivir is considered a key antiviral drug in fight against COVID-19, especially among adults with severe complications.

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"CM has directed Health department for urgent procurement of 25,000 Remdesivir from Ahmedabad. For this, directors and officials of the department are going to Ahemdabad on a state plane today itself," a tweet by the Chief Minister's Office said.


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Amid acute shortage of the medicine, the Centre has prohibited the export of Injection Remdesivir and Remdesivir Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API).

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first published: Apr 14, 2021 04:30 pm

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