Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has called for increasing the number of companies producing COVID vaccines and suggested that more pharma companies should be given the licence to manufacture vaccines to deal with the pandemic.
"If vaccine demand is more than supply, it creates problem. Instead of 1, let 10 more companies be given license to manufacture vaccine....Let them supply in the country and later if there is surplus, they may export," Gadkari said in a video.
“There are two or three laboratories in every state. Let them make it, not as a service, but with 10 per cent royalty… It can be done in 15-20 days,” he added. Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V are the three vaccines that the DGCI has approved for emergency use.
Meanwhile, several states and UTs including Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana have decided to opt for global tenders for procurement of anti-coronavirus shots with the domestic supply falling short to meet the rising demand.