In India, over 20 research institutes are working overnight to come up with a vaccine for the treatment of coronavirus. The secretary of the Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Renu Swarup, says the government has received aver 7000 tech-based proposals from private firms to help combat coronavirus. Among all the research institutes, the top research centers ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and NIV (National Institute of Virology, Pune) which constantly mark their presence through their world-class researches at the International level, are also involved in the development of the vaccine.
In an interview, Swarup has mentioned that “we are working on several aspects- scaling up the production of COVID-19 testing kits and ventilators at low costs. IITs (Roorkee and Kanpur, specifically) have been asked to work on research and development of portable ventilators.”
IF OUTBREAK INTENSIFIES, VENTILATORS AND TESTING KITS WILL BE CRUCIAL
An ICMR official had told that if the outbreak reaches the third stage in India, it will be a chaos. At this condition, ventilators and testing kits will be of utmost essential. India posses a bed ratio of 1:1000 and has less than 1 lakh intensive care unit. Additionally, the disease makes the patient require at least 3-4 weeks of recovery with 21 days of ventilator support.
TECH SOLUTIONS RECEIVED TO COMBAT COVID-19
As already mentioned, the government has received over 7000 tech solutions from several tech giants as a part of “COVID-19 Solution Challenge”. This challenge was an initiative taken by the government to make the technology companies to participate and come up with ideas for strengthening the fight against coronavirus. Several tech giant companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, and Deloitte have participated in it and many ideas came up including AI-based solution to detect the suspected cases of coronavirus using ICMR data, ideas to manufacture herbal sanitizer, low-cost testing kits, etc. a committee has been set up to evaluate the ideas and DBT will support the selected and shortlisted research proposals.