Haffkine Institute gets nod to produce Covaxin

The Centre has given permission to the Maharashtra government to produce Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin in the Haffkine Institute in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Maharashtra government had sought permission from the centre in March seeking the Centre’s nod in getting Haffkine to have a deal with Bharat Biotech to produce Covaxin under a ‘fill and finish basis’ or some other arrangement.

On Friday Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office in a press note issued said that Ren Swarup Secretary of the Government of India who heads the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology has allowed the state to produce the vaccines for a period of one year. The Chief Minister has asked Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte to immediately appoint an official so that Haffkine could complete the due process and immediately start production of the vaccine.

On March 17th Uddhav Thackeray had sought permission from Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video conference and sought the government’s nod for allowing Haffkine to produce Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had earlier said that Haffkine can produce 22 crore vaccines in a year if given permission.


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