Mumbai's Haffkine Institute bags approval to produce COVAXIN, ensuring steady supply of COVID shots

Maharashtra Government-owned Haffkine Institute in Mumbai gets a 12-month lease to produce Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN.

In a major step to ramp up vaccine production amid the COVID-19 second wave, the Centre has approved the production of coronavirus vaccines at the Maharashtra government-owned Haffkine Institute in Mumbai. This will effectively augment a stronger defence against the deadly coronavirus, assuring a steady supply of COVID shots to foster a better immunogenic response in Mumbai and other critically affected regions.


Mumbai boosts vaccine defence against COVID rise

After repeated requests, Maharashtra has finally received the Union's formal nod to produce the COVID-19 vaccine domestically. The approval came late on Thursday night, which now enables Haffkine Institute to produce Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN for one year, under a technology transfer agreement.

As per claims, Haffkine Institute has the capacity to produce 22-crore doses annually, which would immensely help the country's ongoing vaccination drive, flooded with complaints of vaccine shortages. Simultaneously, it will also help the state to achieve its target to immunise 6 to 7 lakh people against the coronavirus.

The Health Minister also informed that Maharashtra needs 40 to 45 lakh vaccine vials every week to attain the said goal. A widespread vaccination drive will notably help to curb the COVID-19 cases and nip its growth, he added.

BMC ensures a seamless supply of oxygen

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, on Thursday, stated that it has appointed 6 officers as oxygen coordinators in Mumbai. This move will ensure the seamless supply of medical oxygen for the treatment of critical coronavirus patients. In another significant step towards COVID management, the civic body has stated that it will add up to 2,000 more hospital beds to shoulder the active caseload here.

As yet, this count stands at 84,753 cases with the addition of 8,209 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. The data records of the Health Department noted a boosted recovery count on Thursday, marked at 10,021. About 4,55,293 patients have recovered from the COVID clutches in Mumbai so far. Meanwhile, 50 deaths have pushed the count of fatalities to 12,197; the highest across Maharashtra.

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After successful operations in Delhi, they are expanding their reach to UP with the help of a Lucknow based NGO.

When citizens across the country are grappling due to a dire shortage of oxygen amid the second wave of the pandemic, a group of alumni from IIT Kanpur have taken it upon their shoulders to assure enhanced supplies of the medical necessity. Through a crowdfunded initiative, 'Breathe India', the group has raised more than 3 crores and ordered oxygen concentrators for medical centres across Delhi. Now, they are expanding this scope of help to Uttar Pradesh with the help of a Lucknow-based NGO.


Right Walk Foundation in Lucknow to support 'Breathe India' in UP

After remarkable triumphs in the first week of the campaign, the alumni collective has now associated with Lucknow's Right Walk Foundation for its programs in Uttar Pradesh. Here, the group aims to distribute concentrators, oxygen cylinders, oximeters and other equipment among the underprivileged individuals. With this, the net target of the campaign has been augmented to ₹4 crores and the initiators anticipate that they would reach this goal soon.

Working on the lines of 'social inclusion', Right Walk Foundation assures support and assistance to slum-dwelling communities across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Highlighting the need for public advocacy, the organisation attempts to create an ecosystem of equity and sustainability.

Successful in assuring widespread relief

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As per the information provided on their campaign page, over 250 concentrators are being provided through this program to hospitals and COVID care centres. Marking collaborative efforts with SaveLife Foundation, this group of samaritans have been successful in assuring relief in a much greater measure, than their initial expectations. All of the resources are being delivered across Delhi, working in alignment with the requirements observed by the Delhi Government.

The facilitators consist of Ashutosh Ranka, Isha Agarwal, Nikhil Asati, Kavya Eluru, Randhir Shah- each one from a different batch of IIT-K. Together, they have embarked on a journey to help scores of citizens and save hundreds of Life.

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