Hindustan Syringes Sends Over 56
Million Pieces to Covax Facility
NEW DELHI: Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices,
one of the largest suppliers of syringes, has sent its first shipment of 56
million pieces of auto disable syringes to Covax facility as the race for safe
and effective vaccine continues.
The Covax facility, which seeks to pool in
resources to accelerate the development of promising candidates for Covid-19
which will be made accessible to all the participating countries, has ordered
140 million pieces which are to be supplied between August and December.
“We have shipped out more than 56 million pieces of
5 ml auto disabled (AD) syringes for intra muscular syringes,” said Rajiv Nath,
managing director of Hindustan Syringes, even as the company awaits advisory
from the Indian government’s on the procurement of syringes for vaccination.
In the last few days demand has come forward from
other countries like Japan and US for disposable syringes and Indonesia for auto
disposable syringes as the countries rise start to stockpile.
The company has even scaled up its production
capacity to one billion from 700 syringes a year.
However, the Indian government is yet to make a
move. “We plan to allocate 50% of the total for the government of India and 50%
for export as we have got a global responsibility. added Nath.
, Oct 02, 2020
Japan Commits Rs 3500Cr To
Strengthen Indian Health Sector
The Govt. of Japan has committed Official
Development Assistance loan of an amount of JPY50 billion (approx. Rs. 3,500
crore) for the COVID-19 Crisis Emergency Response Support.
The Notes were exchanged between Dr. C.S. Mohapatra,
Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India, and
Suzuki Satoshi, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan to India for a health sector
programme loan to fight the COVID-19 crisis.
Subsequent to the Exchange of Notes, Loan Agreement
for this programme loan was signed between Dr. C.S. Mohapatra, Additional
Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of
India and Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA, New Delhi.
This programme loan aims to support India’s efforts
in fighting COVID-19 and to prepare the health system to manage future epidemics
and also to improve the resilience of India’s health systems against infectious
In addition, notes were also exchanged between Dr.
C.S. Mohapatra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and Suzuki
Satoshi, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan to India for Grant Assistance of an amount
of JPY 1 billion (= approx. Rs. 70 crore) from Government of Japan.
This Grant-in-aid from Government of Japan is for
providing medical equipment to strengthen the public health and medical system
in India. This will strengthen the health care facilities for managing critical
and serious patients suffering from COVID-19 infection.
India and Japan have had a long and fruitful
history of bilateral development cooperation since 1958. In the last few years,
the economic cooperation between India and Japan has strengthened and grown into
strategic partnership. This further consolidates and strengthens the Strategic
and Global Partnership between India and Japan.