Defence Minister releases 1st batch of anti-COVID drug’2-DG’ developed by DRDO

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New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday formally handed over the first batch of anti-COVID drug ‘2-DG’ to Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan. Then the health minister handed over the drug to Director, AIIMS Dr. Randeep Guleria.

Speaking on the occasion health minister Dr. Harshvardhan said that the country is witnessing a declining trend in daily cases.the new drug will be a vital contribution from India to the world in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The anti-COVID-19 drug has been jointly developed by DRDO and Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories. Last week, Indian drug regulator- Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved the drug for emergency use.

Clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence. Higher proportion of patients treated with 2-DG showed RT-PCR negative conversion in COVID patients. The drug will be of immense benefit to the people suffering from COVID-19 claimed DRDO.

 

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