Friday, June 25, 2021
Home News Reports Bharat Biotech welcomes other pharma companies to manufacture Covaxin, but only one other Indian...

Bharat Biotech welcomes other pharma companies to manufacture Covaxin, but only one other Indian company has the required facility

Covaxin can be made only in BSL3 level plants, and apart from Bharat Biotech, only Panacea Biotec has such a plant

Amid growing demand for waiving Intellectual Rights over Covid-19 vaccines and even granting compulsory licences to Pharmaceutical companies to manufacture the vaccines to tide over the shortage, Bharat Biotech has said that it welcomes the suggestion of other companies manufacturing Covaxin. This was disclosed by NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul during a Union Health Ministry press briefing over the Covid-19 situation in the country.

Talking about the suggestions made by many people to allow other Indian companies to manufacture Covaxin, the indigenously developed vaccine by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR, Dr VK Paul said that when they discussed the matter with Bharat Biotech, the company welcomed the decision.

The NITI Aayog member said that the government has issued an open invitation to the companies willing to collaborate with Bharat Biotech in manufacturing the vaccine. He said that govt will provide full support to the companies willing to come forward in making the vaccine, so that the supply of Covid-19 vaccine in the country can be increased by expanding the production capacity and the shortage of the same can be bridged.

However, even though Bharat Biotech has agreed to allow other companies to manufacture Covaxin, it is unlikely that a large number of Indian pharma companies will start manufacturing it soon. This is because, they don’t have the requisite facilities to produce the vaccine.

Covaxin is made from inactivated SARS-COV-2 viruses, which means, large batches of the highly-infectious vaccine are cultured and they are killed using an inactivating agent to produce it. As the process involved working with live virus, it requires to be made in production facilities having safety rating of Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL3). Without such highly secure containment facilities, the live virus being cultured to manufacture vaccine may escape and cause a disaster, probably what happened at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Not many Indian companies have BSL3 certified plants, which means they can’t make the vaccine without setting up such highly sophisticated plant first. In fact, only two Indian pharma companies have such plants, Bharat Biotech and Panacea Biotec.

In fact, Bharat Biotech is already in discussion with Panacea for contract manufacturing the vaccine.

Bharat Biotech is scaling up its capacities to 700 million doses of Covaxin per year. Along with this, Panacea Biotec may start producing the vaccine in the own plant. But apart from that, any other Indian company is not equipped to manufacture the vaccine at present, and setting up BSL3 level plant will take considerable amount of time if some of them are willing to do so.

It may be noted that while two India companies have BSL3 level production plants, the country has several BSL3 level laboratories to study highly infectious pathogens.  

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Exclusive details from SC audit panel report: How AAP’s political drama kept loaded oxygen tankers waiting, created supply crunch for other states

In a PESO study, average daily consumption was found to be between 282 MT to 372 MT and Delhi had no adequate storage facilities for 700 Mts of LMO that was demanded at that time.

Delhi govt exaggerated its oxygen demand by 4 times while other states were suffering: SC appointed audit panel finds

The Supreme Court-appointed oxygen audit team has exposed the Delhi government's claims of Oxygen shortage in the national capital, saying that the Delhi government had exaggerated the oxygen requirement in Delhi by more than four times during the second wave of the pandemic even as many states were facing a supply constraint.

FIR filed against ‘The Wire’ in Barabanki mosque demolition case, had spread fake news about police throwing Quran and Hadiths in the drain

Uttar Pradesh police have registered an FIR against the far-left propaganda portal - The Wire - for spreading fake news and creating hate

‘Badly Photoshopped?’ Photographs of Captain Amarinder Singh meeting officers of Sikh Regiment raise questions

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh shared photos of him meeting Sikh Regiment officers, however the photos show signs of digital editing

Want to remove ‘Dilli ki Duri’ and ‘Dil Ki Duri’, delimitation must be completed before assembly polls: Says PM Modi in meeting with Kashmir...

PM Narendra Modi conducted the first ever meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders since the scrapping of Article 370 in 2019

Fatehpur: Teacher says conversion racket leaders regularly visit her school to convert Hindus, made the school teach Namaz to non-Muslim toddlers

Fatehpur Teacher says kindergarten students are being taught Urdu, Arabic and Namaz on instructions of conversation racket leader

Recently Popular

Despite all the ‘Virat Hindu’ noises Subramanian Swamy has been making, here is why I can’t trust him

Subramanian Swamy, who has been masquerading as a 'Virat Hindu', left several political dead bodies in his path while reaching the top

‘Is your father a mali or chowkidar? I will cancel your license, H*r*m*zade’: Maneka Gandhi threatens vets in viral audios

The Indian Veterinary Association in a letter have condemned the unruly behavior and unparliamentary language used by Maneka Gandhi against animal doctors.

Karnataka: Muslim family kills their own daughter and her Hindu lover in front of the boy’s mother

The 19-year-old Basavaraj Madivalapaa Badiger, an autorickshaw driver at Saladahalli village, and his 18-year-old lover Davalbi Bandagisab Tambad, a resident of the neighbouring Khanapur, were allegedly murdered by the father and other family members of the girl.

Subramanian Swamy gets desperate as rumours of cabinet reshuffle gain ground: Hubris and delusions

With rumours gaining ground that there might be a cabinet shuffle on the cards, Subramanian Swamy has now started hankering

‘We have to clap like hijras?’ AAP leader’s video insulting Brahmins and Hindu rituals goes viral

An old video where AAP leader Gopal Italia insults Satyanarayan, Bhagwad Kathas as 'useless things' has now gone viral.

Video of a person making anti-India comments circulated on social media falsely claiming that it is the founder of Himalaya Drug Company

Muhammad Manal, the founder of HImalaya Drug Company died in 1986, and the person in the viral video is one Naqi Ahmed Nadwi
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

255,564FansLike
555,730FollowersFollow
24,400SubscribersSubscribe