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“India Pioneer in Vaccine Production, Why Only Private Companies Manufacturing it?": Madras High Court calls for Revival of Govt. Owned Vaccine Institutes [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 11 May 2021 11:57pm

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The Madras High Court on Friday looked for answers as to why the Central government is depending only on private manufactures to get COVID-19 vaccines in huge amounts when there are government-owned offices, like the Integrated Vaccine Complex at HLL Biotech Ltd (HBL), Chengalpattu, lying inactive.

The bench of justice MS Ramesh and B Pugalendhi was dealing with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by one A Veronica Mary, seeking directions to the Union of Indian, Tamil Nadu, and Bharat heavy electricals to undertake the maintenance procedures for the Oxygen plant in BHEL, Trichy.

Case of the petitioner

Two issues were raised by the petitioner. One was concerning using the Oxygen plants accessible in BHEL, Trichy, for the production of Oxygen to meet the current painful circumstance. Another was concerning using the services of HLL Biotech Ltd. (Legislature of India Enterprise under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Integrated Vaccines Complex (IVC), Chengalpattu, for the creation of vaccines.

The petitioner presented that BHEL, Trichy, is having the facilities of Oxygen production with three Oxygen plants, having a limit of 140 metric cubes per hour, at the same time, those plants are closed down since 2003. As per him, those units could be revived to fulfill the need for Oxygen for the COVID patients.

Court analysis

As to Biotech Ltd (HBL) Integrated Vaccines Complex (IVC), Chengalpattu, the Court noticed that it is a dedicated condition- of-art vaccine manufacturing unit, and was set up to deliver lifesaving and cost-effective antibodies basically to limit the demand-supply gap and… Continue Reading...


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