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Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Covid Business

From ventilators to testing kits, oxygen supplies to personal protective equipment, this Express series looks at the Covid-19 business.


No breathability norms in place, ‘sweat chamber’ PPE kits pile up

July 21, 2020 7:49 am

Healthcare experts at the forefront of the race to contain the Covid outbreak continue to complain that these kits are “suffocating” and “unwearable”.

Imaging boom: Portable X-rays to scanners, AI solutions to track Covid

July 12, 2020 9:50 am

Indian manufacturers are pointing towards a slow but sure surge in orders from state governments and hospitals. They also highlight the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to make sense of images and scans of Covid patients for better diagnostics.

Makers of rapid test kits flounder as unclear policy constricts market size

July 11, 2020 8:12 am

Till June 19, the ICMR validated 56 rapid antibody test kits, 11 of which are Indian. But the test does not even figure in its June 23 advisory on ‘Strategies for Covid-19 testing’.

Test kits: Firms stuck between zero import duty and export ban

July 11, 2020 8:13 am

While India has reached the 10-million-test landmark, domestic manufacturers supply only 25-30% of RT-PCR kits used. Given that ICMR has validated over two dozen Indian manufacturers, that is a small improvement from the country’s 100% dependence on imported test kits in March.

Govts to homes, Covid case spike lifts demand for oxygen

July 11, 2020 8:16 am

At the moment, “much less than 10 per cent of Covid patients require oxygen” and yet, demand continues to spike as state governments brace for a surge in cases.

As Covid curve rises, surge in ventilators causes glut

July 11, 2020 8:14 am

In March, ventilators were considered vital to treat serious Covid cases, and with the countrywide inventory at an estimated 47,000, manufacturers raced to ramp up production. But now, with health experts pointing to a shift in treatment to non-invasive oxygenation, these manufacturers are staring at excess stocks and hoping for export channels to be opened.