Telangana requests Centre to set up vaccine testing facility in Hyderabad

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on July 09, 2021

‘Could result in accelerated throughput of about 8-10 crore additional vaccine doses per month’


Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao has requested the Centre to set up a vaccine testing facility in Hyderabad, a city which is a major hub for global vaccine manufacturing. In a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Rao appealed for the establishment of a vaccine testing facility in Hyderabad "on a war footing."

The Minister also stated that Hyderabad has emerged as the vaccination capital of the world by producing one-third stock of the global vaccine. He mentioned that Covaxin was developed and manufactured in Hyderabad.

He stated that there is an urgency to set up a second testing facility, and Hyderabad is an ideal location to host such a facility, as the city has a large number of vaccine manufacturers. “The testing of each batch of vaccine produced in the country is being carried out only in the Central Drug Laboratory, Kasauli. And for the entire process of sending the vaccination batch from Hyderabad to Kasauli takes approximately 30-45 days, which is time-consuming, and cost-intensive,” said the Minister. “Over the next few months, a significant amount of Covid vaccines will be produced in Hyderabad,” said Rao.

Accelerated throughput

He added that the official reports and projections of the Government of India state that almost 50% of the total Covid vaccine supply between August and December 2021 will be from Hyderabad. “For the projected capacity of a billion doses in Hyderabad between August to December 2021, having a testing centre in Hyderabad could result in accelerated throughput of about 8-10 crore additional vaccine doses per month in the country's overall supply,” Rao said.

The Minister mentioned about the experts' predictions on the third wave in India between September - December 2021, and that vaccines are the only solution for this fight against Covid, and hence increasing the rate of vaccination is even more critical.

Assuring that the Telangana Government will provide its complete support in establishing the facility on a fast track mode, he said “The testing centre could be established in an existing set up like the National Animal Resource Facility for Biomedical Research, Central Drug Testing Laboratory to address the immediate requirement while a state-of-the-art full-fledged facility can be built in parallel to cater to testing requirements on a long term to ensure uninterrupted national and global supply of vaccines.”

The Minister also stated that the Telangana Government will be able to facilitate land as required in the Genome Valley cluster of Hyderabad which has emerged as the vaccine hub.

Published on June 21, 2021

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