Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, had asked a question about the tendering process for procuring polio vaccine. To which, Girish Bapat, Food and Drug Administration Minister, said, “ ‘Haffkine Institute’ has a major hand in producing vaccine for eliminating polio. A committee of the Chief Secretaries has been appointed to investigate the technical issues in the process of procurement of polio vaccine and the government will get the report of this committee within the three months.”
This year, the government had appointed a committee of experts to transform the ‘Haffkine Institute’. This committee has eight members. This committee will submit the report to the state government about ‘Haffkine Institute’. After the committee’s report, the government will take the decision. ‘Haffkine Bio Pharmaceutical Corporation’ is the sister concern of the ‘Haffkine Institute’. The committee will submit a report to the state government about these two organisations.
‘Haffkine Institute’ is a one of the oldest biomedical research institutes in the country. It was established in 1899 and is named after the scientist (Dr Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine) who invented the plague vaccine. Since then, ‘Haffkine Institute’ has emerged as a multi-disciplinary Institute engaged in training, research and testing of various aspects of infectious diseases.