2-DG is one of the few medicines in the world that have been designed specifically to treat COVID-19. For the virus to be treated, till now, there are only experimental drugs and procedures, including Remdevisir, Ivermectin, plasma therapy and some steroids.
Releasing the drug on Monday, Singh tweeted:
After he handed over the drug to Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Health Minister said, “Not just for India but I hope it serves in the fight against COVID, globally in the coming days. I thank and congratulate DRDO and its scientists.”
India’s second wave has been wreaking havoc across the country with more than 3 lakh new infections per day for the past few weeks and a severe shortage of vaccines and medical oxygen. Amid the crisis, cases of a secondary infection, commonly called ‘Black Fungus’, have also emerged from several states.
AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria was quoted as saying, “Misuse of steroids is a major cause behind this infection. Chances of fungal infection increase in the…