Maharashtra CM thanks PM Modi as Centre allows Haffkine to produce Covaxin

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing Maharashtra-government owned Haffkine Institute to manufacture Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

Taking to twitter, the office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra made the announcement saying that the government of India has granted approval to Haffkine Institute to produce Covaxin.

“The Dept of Science and Technology, Government of India, has granted approval to Haffkine Institute to produce Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine on a transfer of technology basis. CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has thanked Prime Minister for approving this request,” CMO Maharashtra tweeted.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had earlier requested the Centre to allow the Haffkine Institute to produce Covaxin.

Maharashtra continued to report grim COVID-19 figures on Thursday with 61,695 new COVID-19 cases and 349 deaths in the last 24 hours. As per the state health department, the total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 36,39,855, including 29,59,056 recoveries and 59,153 deaths.

In a letter sent by CM Thackeray to Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday, he said that the medical oxygen requirement in the state is projected to reach 2,000 metric tonnes per day by April-end from the present consumption of 1,200 MT per day.

Thackeray also sought permission under the National Disaster Management Act to airlift oxygen from steel plants in eastern and southern parts of the country.

By Ayush Kashyap

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