- Actor Shah Rukh Khan has donated 500 Remdesivir injections to Delhi
- Delhi Health Minister also thanked the megastar for his contribution
- The actor has earlier donated 2,000 PPE kits to warriors in Chhattisgarh
New Delhi: Actor Shah Rukh Khan has provided 500 Remdesivir injections to Delhi through his NGO, Meer Foundation. The injections are used in treatment of COVID-19 patients and the Union Health Ministry in its Clinical Management Protocols for COVID-19 has allowed the use of Remdesivir for restricted emergency purposes in patients in the moderate stages of the COVID-19 disease under “investigational therapies”. Mr Khan been contributing in various ways, right from the early stages of the outbreak, in what is now turning out to be a long fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. From providing personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the frontline workers, converting his Mumbai office into 15-bed ICU facility, providing cooked meals and basic essentials to the needy and extending financial aid to PM Care fund, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Delhi, the megastar continues to do his bit.
The actor decided to donate Remdesivir injections at a crucial time when the national capital is seeing the surge in coronavirus cases. Thanking the actor for his generous contribution and strengthening Delhi’s COVID-19 fight, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said, “It came at a time, when it was needed the most.”
The tweet from minister further added,
We are extremely thankful to Sh. @iamsrk and @MeerFoundation for donating 500 Remdesivir injections. We are much obliged for the support extended by you during the time of crisis.
we are much obliged for the support extended by you during the time of crisis.
— Satyendar Jain (@SatyendarJain) December 10, 2020
Mr Jain also asserted that the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the national capital is not over yet but it is “definitely on the wane.”
In a press meet, he further told the reporters that cases are falling, and death count in a day is lowest in the last 40 days. He added, “The situation has improved.”
According to the government data, Delhi recorded 2,463 new COVID-19 cases and 50 fatalities on Wednesday (December 9), the lowest number of deaths in a single day since November 1. On Thursday (December 10), 1,575 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the capital, the lowest in over three months and the positivity rate dipped to below 3 per cent, as per the authorities.
As the positivity rate slipped to 3.42 per cent, Mr Jain had on Wednesday tweeted that it was heartening to see that the national capital is “emerging victorious” in the battle against the coronavirus. Talking about the plans of COVID-19 vaccination, he said, healthcare workers and frontline staff will be administered the vaccine first, followed by the elderly and then others.
If we have vaccine availability, we can vaccinate the entire population in a week’s time, we have the preparations ready, he added.
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