IIL confident of Covaxin rollout by August

Rutam Vora Ahmedabad | Updated on April 20, 2021

Company looks to start rolling out vaccine batches from July-August 2021

With its expertise in rabies vaccine production using the vero cell platform, public sector vaccine-maker Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL), an arm of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), is confident of starting Covaxin production by July/August as this vaccine uses the same technology, a top company official said.

The Centre is looking to accelerate production of the indigenous vaccine and has roped in IIL, Bharat Immunologicals & Biologicals Corporation (BIBCOL) and Haffkine Biopharmaceutical Corporation — to collectively provide 10-15 million doses a month by August-September.

‘See no challenge’

“We would need to repurpose our facilities. But we don’t see any big challenge to start Covid-19 vaccine production. The Covid-19 vaccine uses vero cell platform, which is what we use in our rabies vaccine. So, in terms of assimilation of technology, we don’t see any major challenge,” the official told BusinessLine.

He, however, refused to divulge further details about the quantity being planned for production and the probable revenue-sharing or royalty payments involved with the vaccine developers, Bharat Biotech and ICMR.

The indigenous inactivated vaccine is developed using Whole-Virion Inactivated Vero Cell derived platform technology. “We will make a few million doses a month,” the official informed.

Published on April 20, 2021

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