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Centre discontinues allocation of Remdesivir to states as supply improves

Union Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya said supply of the drug, which is being used to treat Covid-19, has been ramped up over ten times since 11 April.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath addresses a BJP campaign rally for the upcoming Delhi polls Monday

Those indulging in black-marketing of remdesivir in UP being booked under NSA, CM Yogi says

Speaking in Kanpur, Yogi Adityanath also said properties of those hoarding or black-marketing life-saving medicines will be seized.
Boxes of Remdisivir anti-viral drug | Photographer: Sima Diab | Bloomberg

Political leaders have no business to hoard stocks of Covid medicines, says Delhi HC

The court was hearing a PIL seeking lodging of an FIR on the allegations that politicians are procuring & distributing medicines as patients run from pillar to post to get them.
A Covid patient is offered medical support outside the New Civil Hospital of Surat | Soniya Agrawal | ThePrint

Need legal advice on dealing with Covid fraud? These lawyer groups promise to help for free

Lawyers against Covifraud and India pro bono lawyers are among the groups that have organised through social media to offer advice and aid to victims of pandemic-related frauds.
Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar | YouTube

Growing plasma, remdesivir use will help Covid virus mutate, become stronger: Ex-ICMR scientist

Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, face of ICMR during Covid briefings last year, said India could become breeding ground for several mutants if it does not adhere to evidence-based treatment. 

Delhi HC asks govt to reply to PIL seeking firms to sell Remdesivir in domestic market

The plea claimed that there are more than 25 companies in India which manufacture the medicine, but only 6 to 8 are permitted to sell it in the domestic market.

Govt to import 4.5 lakh vials of remdesivir to ease shortage, first shipment to arrive today

Demand for Remdesivir has gone up manifold in the country with a surge in Covid cases. The antiviral drug is used in the treatment of the infectious disease.

It appears Centre wants people to die, says Delhi HC on new protocol on remdesivir use

The high court said that the Centre was changing the protocol to reduce the shortage of remdesivir, adding that it was a 'complete mismanagement'.
Boxes of Remdisivir anti-viral drug | Photographer: Sima Diab | Bloomberg

Bombay HC seeks Centre’s reply on supply, allocation of Remdesivir to Maharashtra

The High Court also sought the Central govt response on the incident where BJP MP Sujay Vikhe Patil reportedly procured Remdesivir vials from Delhi and distributed them in the state.
Representational image | Remdesivir was developed by biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences | Gilead Sciences website

Will donate minimum 4.5 lakh vials of remdesivir to Indian govt, says US’ Gilead Sciences

As part of expanding the availability of remdesivir in India, drug firm Gilead Sciences said it is providing support to its licensees to expand their local manufacturing capacity.

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Traffic travels past the Jama Masjid mosque as lockdown restrictions are eased in New Delhi, on 16 June 2021 | Bloomberg

Risky for Indian states to ease lockdowns despite low vaccination, Oxford Economics says

States are easing lockdowns based on lower test positivity rates rather than vaccination progress, increasing chances of renewed outbreaks that could delay recovery, Oxford Economics warns.

Defence

Dhanush artillery guns | Ministry of Defence

Army plans to buy 2,000 gun-towing vehicles to move medium guns on hilly & desert terrain 

The vehicles will replace the Kraz and Scania GTVs that are in use for the Russian-era 130 mm towed field guns and the Swedish Bofors guns respectively.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.