Social distancing tossed away as hundreds throng to buy Remdesivir at Chennai stadium

People ready for his or her flip to buy Remdesivir outdoors the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. (Photo: Okay Daniel/India Today)

All precautions for maintaining social distancing and Covid-19 protocol were tossed aside as hundreds of individuals queued up shoulder-to-shoulder to buy Remdesivir at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Day 1 of Remdesivir’s sale at the stadium noticed folks gathering in massive numbers to procure the antiviral drug for his or her family members.

Waiting for his flip, 30-year-old Sandeep Raj mentioned he has been making an attempt to get Remdesivir for the previous 10 days. His dad and mom had examined optimistic for Covid-19 and medical doctors prescribed Remdesivir for each of them.

On Saturday morning, Sandeep misplaced his father. He rushed to the stadium to get Remdesivir for his mom to save her.

“My father is gone. I have kept his body in my house and have come here to buy medicine for my mother. I have been trying to get it for the past 10 days. I even have a token, but now there are so many others here. It’s difficult to differentiate between those who have a token and those who don’t. I don’t know what to do. It is a terrible situation,” Sandeep mentioned.

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“I have the money and the required documents, but I still can’t get the medicine,” he mentioned.

A protracted look ahead to Remdesivir

Just like Sandeep, Muthamizh Azhagan too had come to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to get Remdesivir. He mentioned he had been ready since 1 am for his flip. Like Sandeep, he too obtained a token within the morning however quickly the variety of folks making an attempt to get Remdesivir elevated manifolds.

Rush for Remdesivir outdoors the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. (Photo: Okay Daniel/India Today)

“My father, mother and brother are Covid-19 positive. My father and brother urgently need Remdesivir. My mother is on dialysis and is home quarantined. The distribution of Remdesivir needs to be better organised,” Muthamizh Azhagan mentioned. He had come from Tambaram, round 30 km from Chennai, within the hope of getting Remdesivir for his household.

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Expressing issues over absence of social distancing at the stadium the place the state authorities was distributing Remdesivir, he mentioned, “I am Covid-19 negative, but look at the situation here. Even people who don’t have Covid-19 might end up contracting the disease in this situation. The pandemic will never end if this is the condition.”

Appealing to the state’s newly elected Chief Minister MK Stalin, he mentioned he has “great hopes” from him. “We only want to request him to organise this (distribution of Remdesivir) in a better manner. We need to end the pandemic, but in this manner the pandemic will never end,” Muthamizh Azhagan mentioned.

Another particular person standing within the queue for Remdesivir mentioned there’s chaos as a result of there are not any clear orders.

Police personnel deployed outdoors the stadium had been seen making an attempt to management the gang however the rush for the injection was such that their efforts bore no outcomes.

Limited provide of Remdesivir

Tamil Nadu is getting 7,000 Remdesivir injections day by day. The state authorities has been arguing that that is far beneath its requirement and has demanded that its day by day allocation ought to be elevated to 20,000 infections day by day.

Recently, the state authorities knowledgeable the Madras High Court that it has determined to distribute Remdesivir at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as a result of it has a big house and social distancing may be ensured there. Earlier, the injection was being distributed at the Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital.

Officials mentioned at current solely 300 injections shall be distributed day by day at the stadium. This is way beneath the requirement of the hundreds who thronged to the venue on Day 1 of the distribution.

Speaking to India Today TV, Muthamizh Azhagan mentioned he wants 12 Remdesivir injections (six every for his father and brother), whereas Sandeep he wants six injections for his mom.

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