International Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer is sending $70 Million worth of COVID-19 treatment drugs to India, reports on Monday said. The medicines are sourced from its distribution centers in US, Europe and Asia.
“We are deeply concerned by the critical COVID-19 situation in India, and our hearts go out to you, your loved ones and all the people of India,” Pfizer’s Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a mail to the company’s Indian employees on Monday.
“We are committed to being a partner in India’s fight against this disease and are quickly working to mobilize the largest humanitarian relief effort in our company’s history,” Bourla said.
He added that the staff at the company’s distribution centers in Asia, Europe and USA are taking quick efforts to send the shipment of the Pfizer medicines which have been identified by the Indian government as part of its Covid-19 treatment protocol.
“We are donating these medicines to help make sure that every COVID-19 patient in every public hospital across the country can have access to the Pfizer medicines they need free of charge,” Bourla said.
These medicines, valued at over Rs.510 crore will be made available immediately, and “we will work closely with the government and our NGO partners to get them to where they are needed most,” he added.