India supplies 70 percent of world’s vaccines: Mandaviya

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday that India is meeting 70 per cent of the world’s COVID vaccine requirements.

Responding to a question in Lok Sabha on the coronavirus pandemic, he said that two COVID vaccines (Covaccine and ZycoV-D) indigenously developed by Indian scientists and the other Kovishield developed by transfer of technology have been approved for emergency use.

He said that before Kovid, India used to import many equipment like N-95 masks, PPE kits, ventilators, but now the country has become an exporter of them.

Mandaviya said, as of April 11, 2021, the 20 plants manufacturing remdesivir in the country were producing 30,000 injections a month. We have helped the manufacturing companies of the country with approval to collect raw materials from all over the world.

While the number of these plants has increased from 20 to more than 60, the production capacity has increased to more than 10 lakhs in a month.

The Prime Minister’s Cares Fund had approved setting up of 1,225 oxygen plants. These plants have been started in all the states. Today, a total of 829 plants are in the process of being set up. More than 70 percent of these pressure swing adsorption (PSA) plants have been installed across the country.

Regarding financial assistance to the states during the Covid pandemic, Mandaviya said, in July 2021, while delivering the ECRP-II package, more than Rs 23,000 crore were made available to the states. More than 800 Pediatric Units and at least one Pediatric Center of Excellence under this in each State and in total 42 such Centers will be set up.

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