Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who came up with the idea of Compulsory Licensing of Covaxin production, in a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to consider the transfer of technology developed jointly by the ICMR and Bharat Biotech, to enable to ramp up the production and meet the domestic need.
Jagan Reddy claimed that he had made this proposal to the PM in his letter written on May 11, and hence he is the pioneer in floating such an idea which was later picked up by his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal.
However, he expressed his happiness in an official press statement as his idea is finally gaining momentum with as many as 12 Opposition leaders too, who demanded that compulsory licensing for production of the vaccine must be taken up and technological transfer has to be done to the other pharmacy companies of our indigenous Covaxin and ramp up the production in a big way.
He further stated that in order to vaccinate everyone above 18 years the country requires 172 crore doses. As of now hardly 10 percent of its population, that’s 17 crores got vaccinated.
He also claimed that his idea also received support from NITI Ayog member VK Paul.
“Now the ball is in the Centre’s court and if it implements and executes my idea by allowing a few more companies to produce the much needed vaccine, it will be great”. According to him, as of now the production capacity of Covishield is 6 crore doses per month and Covaxin 1 crore doses.
He said many experts feel at the present pace it would take 2 to 3 years to inoculate the entire population above 18 years to get vaccinated in India.
Jagan Mohan Reddy in his letter addressed to the PM had also apparently mentioned that Covaxin has been developed by Bharath Biotech in association with ICMR and NIV in PPP mode and as such there should not be any IPR issues.
He also claimed that his state was the first state to take up bold steps in testing, tracing and treating of the Covid patients.
Meanwhile, the AP government too joined with other states to float global tenders to procure as many vaccines possible to inoculate its people.
Considering the situation of vaccine stock being available in the state and at the Centre, Jagan Mohan Reddy sought involvement of more companies in vaccine production. “A global tender has been floated requesting proposals and asking various companies to respond within 3 weeks,” an official statement issued by CMO claimed. The decision was taken after several delays in the vaccination process.
The statement further revealed that so far, the state has received 75.49 lakh covid vaccine doses from the Centre. Among them were 62,60,400 doses of Covaxin by Bharat Biotech, while 12,89,560 doses of Covishield by Serum Institute. Around 32,87,607 people have received the first dose and close to 20,41,377 people received the second dose. Out of first doses received, around 26,69,250 people received Covishield and 6,18,36 people received Covaxin. As far as the second dose, 17,35,536 people have received Covishield and 3,05,841 people have received Covaxin.