Coronavirus | Government likely to grant ₹30 bn to Serum Institute of India

Employees pack boxes containing vials of Covishield vaccine at the Serum Institute of India in Pune on January 21, 2021.   | Photo Credit: AP

The Centre is set to accept the Serum Institute of India’s (SII) request for a ₹30 billion ($400 million) grant to boost its capacity to make the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, a government source with knowledge of the matter said.

SII, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, sought the funds to increase its monthly capacity to more than 100 million doses by the end of May, from up to 70 million currently.

The country has administered more than 112 million doses of the shot so far. The government is struggling to meet demand for the vaccine from many States as infections spread rapidly. “We are clear that we will give whatever support is necessary to develop and boost the availability of vaccines in the country,” the source said on Sunday, declining to be identified as he was not authorised to speak publicly on the matter.

A Finance Ministry spokesman declined to comment. SII, which will soon also start making the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, did not respond to a request for comment.

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