Amidst the ongoing pandemic, which is especially severe in India: speeding up vaccinations is a viable option for people to be safe and handle the deadly coronavirus. Samsung is doing its part in helping to optimize Covid vaccination in the country. The Korean tech giant is importing one million LDS syringes (Low Dead Space) as part of its Covid Support program. These syringes, which are airlifted from South Korea, are delivered to Uttar Pradesh and soon to Tamil Nadu as well.
Ok, for those unaware, the LDS (Low Dead Space) syringes are said to be minimising the amount of drug left after a vaccine injection than a regular syringe. This translates to reducing the vaccine wastage after each dose, and thereby enabling 20% more people to get the dose with the same amount of vaccine, Samsung suggests.
Samsung further implies technology behind LDS syringes has demonstrated up to 20% greater efficiency. For instance, if the existing syringes are to deliver 1 million doses; the LDS syringes could deliver up to 1.2 million doses (with the same amount of vaccine), which is advantageous, considering the ongoing scenario in the country. Furthermore, these syringes have been earlier utilized in other regions globally including the US.
“Samsung stands strong with the nation in these testing times. Over the past few weeks, Samsung has focused on providing support to governments with Oxygen Concentrators and Oxygen Cylinders, and financial grants to purchase more of these equipment, as this was the need of the hour. Now, as our country focuses on vaccinating the population, we are supporting this effort with innovative LDS syringes that will help reduce vaccine wastage and vaccinate more people with the same amount of vaccine,” said Mr. Partha Ghosh, Vice President and Head of CSR, Samsung India.
LDS Syringes in India
For the states including Uttar Pradesh, 3,25,000 LDS Syringes each were delivered to district administrations in Lucknow and Noida; another 3,25,000 are said to be delivered to Greater Chennai Corporation of Tamil Nadu state.
Besides, Samsung is contributing around Rs 37 Crores (Five million dollars) in India’s fight against Covid-19. This includes donations to central, state governments, and the health sector with medical infrastructure. Along with the one million LDS syringes, Samsung’s contribution also includes 1000 oxygen concentrators and 3000 oxygen cylinders.