India's Serum Institute asks government for $403 million to boost AstraZeneca vaccine output
About 90 percent of the 86 million doses India has administered since mid-January have come from the Serum Institute of India, with the rest accounted for by a domestic vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech, which is also struggling to boost output.
April 07, 2021 / 07:19 PM IST
The Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer, has asked the government for a grant of 30 billion rupees ($402.97 million) to increase its capacity to make AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.
It is seeking the money to ramp up monthly production to more than 100 million doses by the end of May, the government said in a statement on Wednesday, noting output was currently around 65-70 million doses a month.
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About 90 percent of the 86 million doses India has administered since mid-January have come from the institute, with the rest accounted for by a domestic vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech, which is also struggling to boost output.
Some Indian states have complained of a vaccine shortage even though immunisations are currently limited to front-line workers and people aged over 45, or 400 million of India’s 1.35 billion people.Follow our full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.