18,040 oxygen concentrators, 19,085 oxygen cylinders & nearly 7.7 lakh remdesivir vials received as aid from abroad have been delivered or dispatched to states & Union Territories from April 27 to May 28 amid the second wave of COVID-19 infection, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Central Government has been receiving COVID-19 relief in form of medical supplies & equipment since April 27 from different countries & organisations. These are being promptly dispatched and delivered to the states and UTs, it said.

Cumulatively, 18,040 oxygen concentrators, 19,085 oxygen cylinders, 19 oxygen generation plants, 15,256 ventilators & BiPAP, around 7.7 lakh remdesivir vials & nearly 12 lakh favipiravir tablets have been delivered & dispatched through road & air from 27th April to May 28th May.

Major consignments received on May 26 & 28 from Turkey, Indian Business Association (Taiwan), Roche (Switzerland) and Eli Lily include 20 oxygen concentrators, 5 oxygen concentrator plants, 680 oxygen cylinders, 50,000 tocilizumab, 20,000 Baricitinib, 50 ventilators, Bi-PAP & CPAP.

Ministry said this also includes 680 oxygen cylinders received from Turkey, which have some compliance issues, hence they have been withheld at a warehouse.

Effective immediate allocation, & streamlined delivery to the recipient states and UTs and institutions is an ongoing exercise, the ministry said, adding it is comprehensively monitoring this on a regular basis.

A dedicated cell has been created in the Union Health Ministry to coordinate the receipt and allocation of foreign Covid relief material as international cooperation in the form of grants, aid and donations. This cell started functioning from April 26. A standard operating procedure for this has been framed and implemented by the Health Ministry since May 2.

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