Where are nearly 50,000 vials of Remdesivir? Delhi HC asks Kejri govt.

29th April 2021

29th April 2021

A bench of the Delhi HC slammed the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government over the shortage of the antiviral drug Remdesivir, which is being used to treat moderate-severe cases of Covid-19 in hospitals.

The Delhi government, represented by additional standing counsel Anuj Aggarwal, had informed that they received only 2,500 vials of Remdesivir. However, the court noted that the records show 52,000 vials of Remdesivir were delivered to the National Capital. 

When the court asked about the remaining nearly 50,000 vials, it was informed that they were distributed via private channels to hospitals and patients.

Slamming the Kejriwal government for their mismanagement during distribution, The court said that they did not agree with the proposed system saying many people who need the medicine are not hospitalised due to lack of beds or are availing treatment at home.

"Hoarding of medicines or oxygen cylinders leads to creation of an artificial scarcity to an extent which may not be there," the Delhi HC said while appealing to the people not to indulge in such practices.

A bench of the Delhi HC on Wednesday took cognizance of the attack on doctors by family members of a deceased Covid-19 patient at the Apollo Hospital. The high court was hearing matters related to coronavirus management in the national capital when it made the observation.

"Such incidents are bound to demoralise the medical community which is serving tirelessly to save lives of the people," said the Delhi HC.


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