Stalin holds talks with Bharat Biotech to produce vaccine in TN

Keen on producing COVID -19 vaccines in Tamilnadu, the government on Thursday commenced its talks with Bharat Biotech Limited for vaccine production in the State.

Chief Minister MK Stalin held a meeting with representatives of Bharat Biotech at the Secretariat on exploring the possibilities of commencing vaccine production at the earliest. Sources said that the representatives of the biotech firm assured to look into the possibilities of setting up a vaccine manufacturing plant in Tamilnadu.

“Discussions on the infrastructure required for setting up a vaccine manufacturing plant and the resources essential for commencing vaccine manufacturing at the earliest were held. The State government also assured to extend all possible help to set up the plant here,” said an official in Industries department.

With the second wave of COVID-19 exposing a huge deficit in vaccine availability across the country, several state governments have already approached Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India to expand in their respective states. The Tamil Nadu government had also written to the Central government to handover the HLL vaccine manufacturing plant at Chengalpattu to commence vaccine production to satisfy the vaccine needs of the state and are expecting a response in a week.