Covaxin production to get boost as govt approves manufacturing facility in Gujarat's Ankleshwar


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Govt approves Covaxin manufacturing facility in Gujarat’s Ankleshwar

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday informed that the government has approved a vaccine manufacturing facility for the production of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin in Gujarat’s Ankleshwar.

Hyderabad-based Bharat biotech is the only company to develop a vaccine indigenously in India and manufacture it on a large scale. It has accomplished this in a matter of 15 months, with 10 scientific publications on vaccine trials.

The government has said that the monthly vaccine production capacity of Covishield is planned to be increased from 11 crore doses to more than 12 crore doses per month and of Covaxin from 2.5 crore doses to around 5.8 crore. From January 16 to August 5, 44.42 crore doses of Covishield were supplied by Serum Institute of India and 6.82 crore doses of Covaxin by Bharat Biotech for the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

According to Bharat Biotech, Covaxin demonstrated 77.8 per cent effectiveness against symptomatic COVID-19 and 65.2 per cent protection against the B.1.617.2 Delta variant.

The immunisation program against COVID-19 in India started in January with two vaccines–adenovirus vector platform-based vaccine Covishield and inactivated whole virion BBV152 -Covaxin. 

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