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Serum Institute Of India Partners With The Gates Foundation For Manufacturing 100 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Serum Institute of India (SII) has collaborated with Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to manufacture and deliver up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India and low and middle-income countries (LMICs)

Serum Institute Of India Partners With The Gates Foundation For Manufacturing 100 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine
Highlights
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide at-risk funding to Gavi
  • Funding of US$150 million will be used to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine
  • The vaccine will be priced at US$ 3 per dose; available to 92 countries

New Delhi: Keeping up the momentum towards ensuring a quick roll out of a successful COVID-19 vaccine candidate, once it emerges, the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by volume, has collaborated with Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance (formerly known as Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partnership aims at expediting the manufacturing and delivery of up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India and low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Sharing the news, Adar Poonawalla, CEO and Owner of Serum Institute of India (SII), tweeted, “I would like to thank Bill Gates, Gates Foundation, Gavi Seth for this key partnership of risk sharing and manufacturing of a 100 million doses, which will also ensure equitable access at an affordable price to many countries around the world.”

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The collaboration will provide upfront capital to SII to help them increase manufacturing capacity now so that once a vaccine, or vaccines, gain regulatory approval and WHO pre-qualification, doses can be produced at a scale for distribution to India and LMIC as part of the Gavi COVAX AMC (Advance Market Commitment) mechanism as early as the first half of 2021, reads the official press release issued by SII.

As per the partnership, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, via its Strategic Investment Fund, will provide at-risk funding of US$150 million to Gavi, which will be used to support the SII to manufacture potential vaccine candidates from AstraZeneca and Novavax.

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According to the official statement, the vaccine will be priced at US$ 3 per dose. As part of the latest collaboration, if the trials are successful, AstraZeneca’s candidate vaccine will be available to 57 Gavi-eligible countries and Novavax’s candidate will be available to all 92 countries supported by the Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC).

Talking about the partnership, Mr Poonawalla said,

The rampant spread of the virus has rendered the entire world in an unimaginable halt of uncertainty. And to ensure maximum immunization coverage and contain the pandemic, it is important to make sure that the most remote and poorest countries of the world have access to affordable cure and preventive measures. Through this association, we seek to ramp up our constant efforts to save the lives of millions of people from this dreadful disease.

Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), who has called India ‘pharmacy of the world’ lauded the partnership and said,

India has demonstrated consistent capability in delivering on low-cost and high-quality medical research, while also maintaining technical and scientific rigour. ICMR is deeply supportive of our cutting edge vaccine research and manufacturing prowess, of which SII is one prominent example. This partnership signifies yet another step in India’s efforts to bolster the fight against this global pandemic.

Also Read: COVID-19 Vaccine Likely To Come By First Half Of 2021, Says WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan

COVID-19 Vaccines Being Manufactured By The Serum Institute of India

SII has already started the mass manufacturing of a vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford in partnership with bio-pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, even as the clinical trials are underway. The Oxford vaccine will be called Covishield vaccine in India. Phase -1 of the human trial of Oxford’s ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine also known as AZD1222 has shown positive results and the results for the phase-II trial are still awaited, the phase-III trial of the candidate vaccine has started in Brazil.

On August 3, SII also received a green signal from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University in India. Talking about the trials and the launch of the potential vaccine, Mr Poonawalla had told NDTV,

We forecast that it will take about two to two and a half months to complete, followed by another few weeks of review and in November, we hope to launch the vaccine if the trials are positive and the DCGI says it is safe and effective.

In a media briefing on August 3, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General at the World Health Organisation (WHO) addressed the development of a vaccine and stressed on controlling the virus by following the known basics – testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts; inform, empower and listen to communities; for individuals, WHO suggests keeping physical distance, wearing a mask, cleaning hands regularly and coughing safely away from others. He said,

A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be.

Also Read: Serum Institute To Produce COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Developed By Oxford University, Will Be Called Covishield In India

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World

26,58,63,058Cases
22,65,37,591Active
3,40,69,608Recovered
52,55,859Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,58,63,058 and 52,55,859 have died; 22,65,37,591 are active cases and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 5:12 am.

India

3,46,41,561 8,306Cases
98,416739Active
3,40,69,608 8,834Recovered
4,73,537 211Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,41,561 confirmed cases including 4,73,537 deaths. The number of active cases is 98,416 and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,38,778 707

10,826 23

64,86,782 677

1,41,170 7

Kerala

51,65,921 4,450

44,110 317

50,80,211 4,606

41,600 161

Karnataka

29,98,099 456

7,161 120

29,52,708 330

38,230 6

Tamil Nadu

27,30,516 724

8,041 29

26,85,946 743

36,529 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,730 154

2,122 27

20,57,156 177

14,452 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,475 24

134 18

16,87,430 6

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,257 620

7,639 17

15,92,074 627

19,544 10

Delhi

14,41,358 63

370 48

14,15,890 15

25,098

Odisha

10,50,249 189

2,154 25

10,39,673 212

8,422 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,967 25

330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,891 17

221 8

9,45,715 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,707 48

349 23

8,17,263 24

10,095 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,241 9

133 9

7,82,580 18

10,528

Haryana

7,71,819 22

185 5

7,61,580 17

10,054

Bihar

7,26,237 6

26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

6,76,943 156

3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

Assam

6,17,576 101

2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

6,03,488 37

361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

Jharkhand

3,49,342 25

127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,353 8

174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,807 161

1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,518 35

755 45

2,22,911 80

3,852

Goa

1,79,174 49

412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,454 92

3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

Puducherry

1,29,085 29

280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

Manipur

1,25,360 32

353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

84,858 5

90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

84,583 9

244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

65,488 7

58 2

64,610 9

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,293 5

36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

32,369 10

215 2

31,749 8

405

Nagaland

32,136

117 9

31,320 9

699

Ladakh

21,714 31

295 3

21,204 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,688

4 2

7,555 2

129

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