Patanjali didn’t mention Covid-19 drug in license application: Uttarakhand official

Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, the company promoted by yoga guru Ramdev, did not mention it was developing a drug for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) while applying for a license, an official of the Uttarakhand government said, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday.

A hoarding with an image of Baba Ramdev is seen inside a Patanjali store in Ahmedabad.

Hours after Ramdev launched the drugs, the government on Tuesday sought clarification from Patanjali over its claim of having developed a cure for Covid-19 and asked it to stop advertising the product until the claim is verified.

The Centre also asked the Uttarakhand government for details of Patanjali's new drugs—Coronil and Swasari.

The Uttarakhand government, which is the state licensing authority for the Haridwar-based Patanjali, approved the manufacturing and marketing for the drugs.

"As per Patanjali's application, we issued them a license. They didn't mention coronavirus. We only approved the license for immunity booster, cough, and fever," a licensing officer of the state's Ayurveda department was quoted as saying by ANI.

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