Karnataka to host production facilities of Covaxin, Sputnik-V vaccines

While India is affected by grave shortage of vaccine, Karnataka is set to present as host to facilities included in manufacturing of the two Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin and Sputnik V.

Though Bharat Biotech (Covaxin) facility is being set up in Malur of Kolar district, Shilpa Biologicals Pvt Ltd (SBPL) is predicted to produce Sputnik V from its R&D facility in Dharwad.

As per Health Minister of Karnataka, K Sudhakar, Bharat Biotech has shown confidence in manufacturing almost 5 crore Covaxin doses a month by August end, beginning at the speed of 1 crore doses per month by June end.

He added that he discussed the matter on video conference with founder of Bharat Biotech, Krishna Ella, his daughter Jala Ella, and the team.

He added that the state was prioritising to get people vaccinated. “The company has assured that they will supply vaccines to Karnataka at the earliest,” Sudhakar said.

Meanwhile, SBPL has said in a regulatory filing that its aimed to manufacture dual vector Sputnik V for the first 12 months is 50 million doses from the beginning of commercial production.

SBPL is a entirely owned collateral of Shipa Medicare drug firm, which as per the company, has entered into a three-year conclusive agreement with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories to manufacture and distribute Sputnik V vaccine from its integrated biologics.

Sputnik technology’s transfer is presumed to be assited by Dr Reddy’s as per the company.

Till now, Karnataka has infused 1.12 crore doses of vaccines increasingly of which 87.43 lakh were first and another 25.17 lakh were second doses used to vaccinate people from priority and age groups, since January 16 this year.

According to statistics issued by Health Department, while 74.34 lakh people aged 45 and above have received their first jab, only 18.60 lakh of them have been jabbed with the second dose, as on Monday (May 17). About 1.17 lakh people from the 18 to 44 age group, have received the first dose of vaccine for now.

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