Dr Harsh Vardhan remarked that today is a historic day in our fight against COVID and congratulated the scientific community and DRDO for their patience and perseverance for developing first indigenous medicine.
The Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the use of the 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has the potential to become a game-changer in India’s response against the Covid pandemic as it reduces the dependence of patients on oxygen administration. The anti-Covid 2-DG drug has the potential of getting absorbed differentially and in a selected manner. In the Covid infected cells, it inhibits virus synthesis and energy production for the process.
The anti-Covid drug 2-DG has been developed by DRDO in collaboration with Dr Reddy’s Lab. It was jointly launched by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday.
Dr Harsh Vardhan further stated that around thirty hospitals were involved in the clinical trials of the novel drug. He said that the drug will go to the selective cells and prevent the synthesis of the virus and reduce recovery time. Dr Harsh Vardhan also cautioned against complacency and said that the country will win over the war against Covid by collective efforts and by following Covid Appropriate Behaviour.