Nitin Gadkari: Wardha company to make 40 thousand Remdesvir vials per day
Wardha’s Genetek Life Sciences would be producing 40,000 vials of Remdesivir injections per day for Covid patients of Vidarbha, claimed Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday.
A few days ago, TOI had reported how Gadkari was making efforts to get a Remdesivir manufacturing licence for the plant owned by Mahendra Kshisagar. The Wardha MIDC-based company is expected to begin production within a week.
“We’re also trying to get about 10,000 state-of-the-art equipment that produce 7.5-10 litres of oxygen per minute. Industrialist Sajjan Jindal has assured us that he would provide two tankers for storing 20 tonnes of oxygen. We can then bring 40 tonnes of the gas daily from the Bhilai plant.
“Even Nitin Khara of Mumbai Dolby Plant would be providing 1,000 empty oxygen cylinders which could be filled up from the Bhilai plant and used in hospitals,” said Gadkari.
“We would be requesting all hospitals to set up oxygen-producing plants to end the dependency. I’m happy to announce that many organisations are coming forward to provide donations to fight the pandemic. While Lloyd has assured to provide Rs 5 crore, transporter Pyare Khan and Ankur Seeds have given Rs 50 lakh each. Even my son Nikhil had handed over Rs 50 lakh on behalf of the Manas Group. I call on the citizens to help us by directly paying to the companies providing us the necessary equipment to fight the pandemic. They will get all the information from my office,” added Gadkari.
During a virtual interaction with the media along with mayor Dayashankar Tiwari and MLC Pravin Datke, the minister said that US drug manufacturer Gilead, which has a patent for producing Remdesvir, has allowed seven firms, including Genetek Life Sciences, to manufacture it. The licence would be valid from April 17, 2021, to April 16, 2026.
The minister also declared that he received 5,000 ventilators as donation which would be distributed to various government and private hospitals in all Vidarbha districts.
Gadkari had convinced companies from Andhra Pradesh Med Tech Zone (AMTZ) to supply 2,000 oxygen concentrators under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) quota for the city. He also spoke with Spice Health owner Avani Singh, who assured to send 125 ventilators for the city.
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes