A week later, Health Minister Veena George announced the dominance of Omicron as 94 per cent of the samples tested were infected with the new variant.
China is also grappling with a growing number of studies that show its vaccines have lower efficacy rates than many of those made overseas.
The State drugs control squad had seized around 170 boxes containing around 17,000 allegedly fake Favipiravir tablets from the firm on June 10.
In India, five companies had entered into voluntary licensing agreements to produce generic versions of this drug.
The Prime Minister noted that at the president's request, the government is doing whatever is necessary to 'maintain the healthcare system for which the spread of the COVID needs to be controlled.
The data was drawn from 775 patients and reported that 7.3 percent of patients who received the drug were either hospitalized or died by day 29, as compared to 14.1 percent of the placebo patients.
This changed with the outbreak of Covid pandemic.
The team validated the 17 candidate compounds in several types of cells, including stem-cell derived human lung cells in an effort to mimic SARS-CoV2 infection of the respiratory tract.
However, doctors say that since the drug is not available in India and has to be imported, it may not be practical in our country’s context.
Mizoram Health Minister R Lalthangliana said it was unfortunate that a number of trucks carrying life-saving drugs, medicines, and oxygen cylinders are still stuck at the interstate border.
The researchers noted that the drug if cleared in clinical trials, may be useful in people for whom vaccines aren't suitable, those with hyper-immune disorders or people on immuno-suppressants.
The study, published in the journal Science Advances, assessed the molecule main protease, Mpro, of the novel coronavirus which is a key enzyme that plays a central role in its life cycle.