The Centre has said that the current production capacity of indigenously developed Covaxin will be doubled by next month. The Health Ministry said the production will then be increased to nearly 6-7 fold by July and August. Thus, its production will be increased from one crore vaccine doses in April 2021 to 6 to 7 crore vaccine doses in the month of July and August. The Ministry added that the production of the vaccine is expected to reach nearly 10 crore doses per month by September this year. This capacity augmentation of Covaxin carried out under Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 Mission COVID Suraksha was announced by the Government of India and implemented by the Department of Biotechnology Govt of India to accelerate the development and production of Indigenous COVID Vaccines.
The Ministry also said that there have been some unfound media reports on unaccounted vaccine doses of Bharat Biotech and these reports are incorrect and not supported by full information on the matter.
The Ministry added that vaccines being a biological product of medical importance takes time for harvesting and quality testing.