Over 5 lakh PPE Are Manufactured Every Day In India: Union Health Minister


New Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that over 5 lakh personal protective equipment are being produced each day by 110 PPE manufacturers in the country.

“Now we have 110 PPE manufacturers in India, producing over 5 lakh per day. States who used to complain about not getting an adequate number of PPEs, now say they do not have a place to keep them when we talk about sending PPEs,” Harsh Vardhan said during the 79th Foundation Day of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Saturday.

According to the Union Health Minister, India has conducted around 7 crore tests for COVID-19 and there is an improvement in the recovery rate.

“In the initial phase, the recovery rate stood at 9-12 per cent. But today, the recovery rate is around 82 per cent and the fatality rate is around 1.6 per cent,” he said.

“We started with one lab when the COVID-19 crisis started but today we have 1823 labs. We have crossed 7 crore tests and are doing tests around 13-15 lakhs per day during the past few days. Vaccines in India are in the initial phases of the trial,” Harsh Vardhan added.

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