Tampa Bay Times

Export of COVID-19 drug is banned


India has prohibited exports of the drug remdesivir, used to treat COVID19, as the country registered a record number of daily new coronaviru­s cases. The government took the step amid a sudden spike in demand for the injection, the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday, adding that “there is a potential of further increase in this demand in the coming days.” Seven Indian companies produce remdesivir under voluntary licensing agreements with Gilead Sciences Inc., with capacity to make about 3.9 million doses per month. India’s government is also taking steps to curb hoarding and black marketing and expand production of the medicine.

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