Ghulam Nabi Azad writes to PM, suggests measures to fight against COVID-19

Former Well being Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan asking them to guarantee that Bharat Biotech, the producer of Covaxin, share the expertise with all of the WHO prequalified pharmaceutical corporations in India in order that vaccine manufacturing will be augmented.

Azad identified that there have been 21 main vaccine manufacturing pharmaceutical corporations in India with state-of-the-art manufacturing amenities compliant to bio-safety norms. He stated seven of them together with the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech reportedly are WHO pre-qualified producers and suppliers.

“Whereas it’s understood that the Covishield vaccine is being produced by SII underneath patent licensing association with AstraZeneca and Dr Reddy’s Lab has recently been licensed to fabricate the Sputnik vaccine, we are able to certainly increase the manufacturing of domestically developed Covaxin. I consider the Division of Biotechnology and ICMR have supported the event of the vaccine now being produced by Bharat Biotech.”

“It could be worthwhile to have them share the expertise with, if not all, the remaining WHO pre-qualified pharmaceutical corporations. This can instantly improve the manufacturing of Covaxin manifold thereby immediately enhancing vaccination protection,” he wrote.

The Authorities has already introduced monetary assist to 4 companies together with Bharat Biotech Worldwide and state-owned PSUs Haffkine Biopharmaceutical Company Ltd, Indian Immunologicals Ltd and Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Ltd to ramp up manufacturing of Covaxin.

Azad additionally requested the Authorities to contemplate re-hiring not too long ago retired nursing and pharmaceutical workers for six months to at least one yr on fee of the final drawn pay minus pension for the vaccination drive.

“They could possibly be given some further honorarium to undertake this in a mission mode within the aspirational districts or different focused areas. This will likely assist us in surging our expert human useful resource in a brief time period to considerably improve the variety of vaccination websites and population-based protection,” he stated.

He additionally requested the Authorities to ramp up oxygen manufacturing. “Many PSA oxygen vegetation have been put in within the nation, many are within the pipeline and a number of other extra have now been sanctioned. These should be put in using the assorted businesses on the disposal of the federal government expeditiously and positively inside the specified interval. Nations internationally and growth businesses have stepped ahead on this time of want with oxygen and oxygen gear. These should be distributed proportionately and with a way of urgency to achieve the top use factors,” he stated.

Azad additionally requested the Authorities to rope in micro and small scale enterprises, entrepreneurs, NGOs and CSOs to fabricate pre-fabricated beds.

“Pre-fabricated beds will be manufactured rapidly by our medium scale enterprises to allow the organising of discipline hospitals and vaccination websites. Utilising our accessible applied sciences and capacities, we must always be capable of considerably improve our discipline infrastructure with a fortnight to a month,” he added.

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