Hyderabad: The Centre has decided to increase the quota of oxygen, remdesivir injections and supply of Covid-19 vaccines to Telangana state. Union railway minister Piyush Goyal informed this over the phone to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday.
He told the Chief Minister that the supply of remdesivir injections would be increased from 5,500 to 10,500 from Monday. The Centre also decided to supply an additional 200 tonnes of oxygen following the demand for more supply from the state government, the Union minister said.
He also informed the Chief Minister that the required amount of oxygen for Telangana state would be supplied from Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, Angul from Odisha and from Durgapur in West Bengal.
Goyal also requested the Chief Minister to coordinate the supplies. He responded positively to the demand made by Chandrashekar Rao to increase the vaccination quota. He asked Rao to give priority to the second dose of vaccines. The Chief Minister told the Union minister that in Telangana state priority was given to the second dose.
Goyal explained to the Chief Minster that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had instructed him to supply required amounts of oxygen, Remdesivir, and other vaccines to the state to curtail the Coronavirus spread and against the backdrop of the High Court’s verdict that the state government should offer treatment to all patients which had increased the burden on the state.