Serum Institute to price Covid vaccine at less than Rs 250/dose


New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS): The Serum Institute of India would introduce candidate vaccines from AstraZeneca and Novavax for COVID-19 at less than Rs 250 per dose in India. The Pune-based institute would offer up to 100 million doses at a price capped at $3 for 92 low and middle-income countries (LMIC), including India, SII announced on Friday.

As per SII, the vaccines will be available as early as the first half of 2021 after gaining approvals and qualifications from the World Health Organization (WHO). The SII also said that if successful, Novavax's candidate will be available to all 92 countries while AstraZeneca's candidate vaccine will be available to 57 Gavi-eligible countries.

The development comes after the SII entered into a collaboration with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of COVAX agreement. Under the agreement, the SII will receive an upfront capital of $150 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation via Gavi to enhance the capacity to manufacture and distribute the potential vaccine to candidates on a large scale after gaining regulatory approval and WHO prequalification. The funding will support at-risk manufacturing by SII for candidate vaccines from AstraZeneca and Novavax.

Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), commented, "India has demonstrated consistent capability in delivering 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."

SII has signed two agreements for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines, the first being AstraZeneca-Oxford's candidate, for which the company has agreed to produce up to 1 billion doses for low and middle-income countries. The Oxford University vaccine candidate has received permission to start phase-2 and 3 trials in India last week.

The second agreement is with the US-based Novavax that has granted the company exclusive and non-exclusive licences for development, co-formulation, filling and finishing, registration and commercialisation of its NVX-CoV2373 vaccine product for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Novavax trials are yet to start in India.

The deal, built on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between AstraZeneca and Gavi, reportedly guarantees 300 million doses of AstraZeneca's candidate vaccine to the wider COVAX Facility, to be supplied upon licensure or prequalification, the statement by the SII read.

"The rampant spread of the virus has rendered the entire world in an unimaginable halt of uncertainty. And to ensure maximum immunisation 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," said Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India.

  

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  • John, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Jesus's message to faithful on Vaccine and Rich people in the West and how to build immune system in a message to John Leary dated July 31st, 2020

    Jesus said: “My son, in the first reading (Jeremiah 26:1-9) Jeremiah told the people of an impending destruction of Israel because of their sins. The people and the priests did not want to hear such words, and these people even wanted to kill Jeremiah. He had to flee into hiding. You, My son, have also had many messages about how America will be taken over as well, to make the world ready for the reign of the Antichrist. Your people do not want to hear this message either. When you talk of storing food and setting up refuges, the people did not see the need. But now with these virus attacks, the people understand your messages more. Even when you told people not to take vaccines or the mark of the beast in a computer chip in the body, people at first thought this was not possible. Now you are seeing how the rich people want to use vaccines to kill people, and reduce the population. These same evil ones want to force people to have chips in the body, so they could control your mind and soul as robots for their evil work. Refuse even under pain of death to take any vaccines, and refuse to take any chip in the body for any reason. Even if people laugh at you, or criticize you, you need to keep giving My messages to warn the people of the evil ones who want to control people. Trust in My Word that My believers need to come to My refuges for protection from those evil ones who want to kill you, as they tried to kill the early prophets of Israel.”

    Jesus said: “My people, the time before the next virus attack is running out. I warned you this new virus attack would come in the fall. My people need to prepare their souls with monthly Confession. You will need masks and stay inside when you can see chemtrails being used. You can build up your immune system with Hawthorn pills, vitamin C, and elderberry extract...

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  • ConcernedCitizen, Mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Many people may not be aware. But this is public domain information. The Oxford University - AstraZeneca vaccine candidate, which is in agreement with Serum Institute of India, is produced using a cell line derived from an aborted baby, ignominiously known as HEK 293. It is by all means UNETHICAL, and poses serious difficulties with one's conscience. Many vaccines candidates in the United States are also produced using cell lines from tissues extracted from aborted babies. And Bill Gates has absolutely no problem with that. People may rejoice about the imminent availability of vaccines, but there is evil science at play which does not value innocent human life.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Using aborted fetal tissue are they trying to modify one's DNA to further ruin one's health ??

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  • John, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Gavi ( Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) is founded in January 2000 by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    But Interesting...
    Why Bill Gates is into abortion, depopulation, vaccination...

    May 9, 2003

    In a lengthy interview with Bill Moyers released today, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates reveals the inspiration for his funding of pro-abortion population control measures.

    Responding to a question by Moyers on how he came to fund “reproductive issues” Gates answered, “When I was growing up, my parents were always involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that. And so it’s fascinating. At the dinner table my parents are very good at sharing the things that they were doing. And almost treating us like adults, talking about that.”


    Also As Bill Gates relates CO2 or global warming directly proportional to world population and with vaccination he says population can be reduced 15%,
    in one of his TED Talks, following video, in 2010,

    Ref : www.physiciansforlife.org/bill-gates-father-head-of-planned-parenthood-inspired-his-abortion-population-control-views/

    Ref video https://youtube.com/watch?v=JaF-fq2Zn7I

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Is this Genuine ...

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  • Stany Lobo, Kulshekar

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Are u ?

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