A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking GST exemption for Remdesivir, Tocilizumab, Favipiravir and other COVID-19 related drugs with a similar generic constitution as well as medical equipment. The intervention application has been filed by an NGO, 'Public Policy Advocates', in the pending suo motu case by the apex court on the distribution of essential supplies and services during pandemic.The application sought direction to the Centre to issue appropriate ad-hoc guidelines, orders or notifications "exempting COVID-19 related drugs including but not limited to Remdesivir, Tocilizumab, Favipiravir and other drugs with a similar generic constitution, medical equipment including but not limited to Ventilators and Bipap Machines, and other medical treatment..."It also sought direction to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) council secretariat to convene a meeting expeditiously and direct exemption of GST with immediate effect on COVID related drugs and medical equipment which also include ventilators, medical-grade oxygen and oxygen concentrators.