CSIR Technologies for COVID-19 Mitigation Compendium

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on 23rd July 2020 launched a compilation of useful information about CSIR technologies for COVID-19 mitigation. He expressed his strong viewpoints on technological advancements and innovations undertaken by CSIR against COVID-19 and talked about how the country’s scientists and experts have contributed to the fight against the novel coronavirus. The Union minister also praised the contributions of COVID-19 fighters who have selflessly given their valuable time and service to the country at this juncture when the country needed them most.

Major highlights:

Currently, around 5 lakhs tests are conducted across the country and plan is to double fold the number in the upcoming months. Most of the ventilators are being made locally now after the PM Modi’s appeal to vocal for local. India is supplying hydroxychloroquine drug to nearly 150 countries worldwide. The country has shown one of the best COVID-19 recovery rates, around 64% in the world while the fatality rate has shown a considerable decline to 2.2%.

Compendium in-depth:

A wide range of technologies and products used in the fighting of COVID-19 from diagnostics, drugs, ventilators and PPE’S to using more than 100 technologies and 93 industry partners are explained in the compendium by the Union minister on Thursday. Among 100 of technologies over 60 of these technologies have been transferred for commercial production. India is among the very few countries where vaccine trial has reached to its final stage. Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila are the two companies which have been provided with the permission for the human trial across the country for the COVID-19 vaccine.