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SII urges govt to fast-track motion of accelerating Covishield inventory

Serum Institute of India (SII) has urged the federal government to fast-track Covishield motion citing the difficulties being confronted in manufacturing and chilly chain house planning for different vaccines due to the growing inventory of its COVID-19 jab, official sources stated on Sunday.
Prakash Kumar Singh, Director, Authorities and Regulatory Affairs at SII, is learnt to have lately communicated to the Union Well being Ministry that it has a manufactured inventory of 24,89,15,000 Covishield doses and it’s growing on daily basis.
Along with the Covishield vaccine, the Pune-based agency additionally manufactures and provides numerous life-saving vaccines to EPI, UNICEF and completely different international locations, Singh is learnt to have informed the ministry.
“To fulfil our home and international provide commitments, we now have to plan our manufacturing/chilly chain house/human useful resource properly upfront. In view of steady enhance within the inventory of Covishield, we face a number of difficulties in manufacturing/chilly chain house/human useful resource planning for different life-saving vaccines,” an official supply quoted Singh as having said within the letter.

“In view of those info, real difficulties and as this matter is straight involved with the supply of varied different life-saving vaccines in our nation and the world at giant, we request on your form intervention for fast-track motion of our Covishield vaccine domestically and globally,” Singh is learnt to have said.
The Centre has allowed SII to export 50 Lakh doses of Covishied underneath the UN-backed COVAX international vaccine sharing programme to Nepal, Tajikistan and Mozambique. SII will even export Covishield to Bangladesh underneath COVAX, an official supply stated.
The Serum Institute will begin its Covid vaccine export underneath the COVAX programme from November 23 and Nepal will obtain the primary lot of Covishiled on November 24.
The federal government had in October permitted SII to export 10 lakh Covishield doses, every to Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh underneath the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme.

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