A vaccine producer had found an illness-causing virus, procured specialized raw/uncooked maters and glass vials, and is moving towards producing life-saving boosters. This article contains information about how to use eggs for vaccines.
The science behind this is that viruses used in the production of various vaccines, require host cells to grow and replicate. Fertile chicken eggs act as a very efficient medium in this process for about 70 years. To be precise, the rooster eggs used here are special pathogen-free (SPF).
A man who made the most use of this chance is India’s largest poultry producer Venky. Due to his immense market share of 100% in the country to produce the specific pathogen-free (SPF) eggs, he provides it to the Serum Institute of India and the Hester Biosciences units. This egg has seen an elevated demand due to its use in vaccines but this currently does not imply Covid immunization.
Eggs For Vaccine
The SPF eggs are mostly used to create vaccines for rabies and flu. But if these eggs are not used in Covid vaccination, what triggers the rise in its demand? Research and analysis are been taking place to bring these eggs into the zone of preparing the Covid vaccine but the prevailing demand is due to the rise in the price of imported eggs and the other requirements to produce vaccines.
Venky’s GM Prasanna Pedgaonkar has said that of the 10 lakh SPF eggs being produced each month, most of them are used for the manufacture of human vaccines for diseases like rabies and flu.
Pedgaonkar stated that the cost of SPF eggs depends on quantity and how frequently it is being supplied. The price fixed by American producers is $2 to 2.5 per egg. The cost of those eggs when it reaches India will be bit higher as freight, and various taxes are involved. Venky’s eggs cost around $1 per egg.
As SPF egg production is a complex process, Venky’s has barely any opponents in the industry in India. The company’s capacity utilization was 63% in May 2021 and is elevating its target of 85% utilization of the yearly capacity of 1.4 crore SPF eggs in the Fiscal year 2022 and reach 90% in the Fiscal year 2023.
There is no doubt that the Venky’s would grow to great heights.