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Union minister Parshottam Rupala lauds Indian Immunologicals for efforts in producing Covid-19 drug substance in record time

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 14:10 Hrs  [IST]

Union fisheries, animal husbandry, and dairying minister, Parshottam Rupala lauded the efforts of Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL) for their ability to roll out Covid-19 vaccine drug substance in record time.

Indian Immunologicals Ltd has quickly responded to the nation’s call and the request of the Central government, to partner with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) in April 2021 to produce a Covaxin drug substance.

Due to IIL’s prior experience in producing different types of viral vaccines for human and veterinary use, in a short period of time could upgrade the existing facility and execute technology transfer, manufacturing, testing, and release of drug substances at lightning speed. To date, IIL has already supplied 2 million doses of the drug substance. It is learned that the drug substance produced by IIL has already been formulated into vaccines by BBIL and is ready for use. IIL will produce 3 million doses a month and from December will increase it to 10 million doses.

Addressing the gathering, Parshottam Rupala, Union minister for fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying reiterated “Ek Bharat aur Shresth Bharat” of our beloved Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. He told the gathering that it was heartening to see that two competing organizations coming together for a noble cause. He also added that he will extend all possible cooperation to IIL for its future endeavors. He also expressed his support for innovation in research for both human and animal vaccines in the country”. IIL is doing the “Prayaas” which is commendable.

Dr. V K Paul, Member Niti Aayog in his message said, “ I appreciate team IIL and BBIL for coming together in the interest of the nation to increase Covid-19 vaccine production capacity in the country. I congratulate the IIL team for their technical expertise and for enabling the production of the Covid-19 vaccine at record speed. The augmented capacities in the country will help accelerate vaccination program in the country”.

Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Science and Technology and Chairperson BIRAC, Government of India in her message said, “I congratulate team IIL for the production of Covid-19 drug substance at record speed. This is one of the major achievements for Mission Covid Suraksha initiated by the Government of India under Atmanirbhar Bharat undertaken to augment Covid-19 vaccine capacity in our country. IIL in a short time built capacities which will go a long way in enhancing our vaccine manufacturing capacity for other vaccines also.”

Chairman of IIL and NDDB, Meenesh Shah said, "IIL is truly a “One Health” company that plays a significant role in the animal and human health space. IIL is making a significant contribution to the country by making millions of doses of vaccine for supply to both ministry of health and family welfare and ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry, and dairying at an affordable price. It is satisfying that IIL has lived up to the trust placed by the government and in record time has been able to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine drug substance."

On this occasion, commemorating the successful transfer of Covid-19 drug substance from Indian Immunologicals Limited to BBIL, Parshottam Rupala, Union minister handed over the Covid-19 drug substance made at IIL to Dr. Krishna Ella, CMD, BBIL.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. K Anand Kumar, managing director, IIL said, "The production and delivery of Covid-19 drug substance in record time is a testament to IIL’s technical expertise, adaptability, state-of-art manufacturing capability, resilience, and above all a commitment to the larger cause in the interest of the nation. We believe our significant contribution will help in the country’s immunization effort to get everyone vaccinated against Covid-19 at the earliest. We appreciate and acknowledge constant support received from Niti-Aayog, BIRAC, DBT, Mission Covid Suraksha Team, Central and State Drug Control authorities. IIL is also developing on a live attenuated Covid-19 vaccine which has many advantages and will be rolled out next year. The animal studies have been completed and the results are very encouraging. Human trials are also expected to start soon."

“It was essential that both competing organizations come together and support each other to a larger cause of national health. If the Indian companies don’t join hands, then the multinationals will take over the industry,” said Dr. Krishna Ella, CMD, BBIL.


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