The coronavirus pandemic has rushed the pharmaceutical industry across the world to manage the distribution of medicines and drugs appropriately. Due to the lockdown imposition, demands and supplies faced quite a limitations in the early months of the outbreak. However, India being the leading supplier of pharma to the world, released export restrictions of pharmaceuticals to the needful nations, especially at high-emergency of certain medicines.
Offering a Helping Hand using Medicine, Tech and Assistance
The pharma manufacturers in India contributed to providing medical relief to countries facing adversity of COVID-19. The government of India also offered technical assistance to countries like Maldives and Kuwait by dispatching a rapid response team at the time of urgent aid. The country has hosted many webinars by e-ITEC (Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation) to discuss necessary measure on handling and containing the pandemic by evaluating and sharing experiences. The goal of these webinars involved designing best practices by talking to experts from different countries.
COVID-19 Crisis Supplies
Extending COVID-19 related medical assistance on a global scale, the pharma manufacturer in India supplied personal protective equipment (PPE), testing kits, and many other medicines essential in the treatment of coronavirus disease. Some of these medicines include a single-dose sachet of amoxiclav (to fight against COVID-19 pneumonia), hydroxychloroquine (one of the key drugs to treat critical cases of coronavirus disease), single-dose sachet of co-amoxiclav (to prevent bacterial co-infections during due to outbreak) and a few generics for patients with morbidities. Amidst crisis and lockdown restrictions especially on the export, India supplied and continues to supply medical aid to more than 90 countries worldwide; entitling the nation as a reliable supplier. The global healthcare sector, therefore, recognizes and appreciates India in Helping doctors and humanity.
Indian Mission Updates
According to an Interview taken by Financial Express Online, Mr B. S. Mubarak, Indian Ambassador, Guatemala quoted that around 30% of medicines used in Central America by social security, is sourced from India. Adding to this he also stated that the Indian Embassy motivated the Central American-established Indian companies to assist the local government and contribute towards managing the crisis.
“Caplin Point is a major Indian Pharmaceutical company which supplies more than 400 drugs in the region. The company donated 1 million Paracetamol tablets and 50,000 very good quality surgical masks to the Health Ministry on 31st July 2020.” -BS Mubarak
Supply of Life Saving Medicines to Mali
Indian Ambassador, Anjani Kumar along with Caplin Point dedicatedly contributed to source life-saving medicines to Mali, as a part of medical supply. Mr Anjani Kumar explained that Mali requested India to help their nation win the battle against the deadly virus. As per the discussion with External Affair Minister, Mr S. Jaishankar with the Foreign Minister of Mali, India promised the nation for Medical supply along with bilateral cooperation and other things. As a part of the medical supply, the nation also handed over life-saving medicines to Dr Mama Coumaré (Secretary-General, Ministry of Health & Social Affairs, Government of Mali). The government and people of Mali appreciate this timely help that India has offered during the crisis.