India is seeking its own development and production self-reliance. While there are at least five pharmaceutical companies in India engaged in vaccine development, the Pune Serological Institute has been selected as a mass producer of the Covishield vaccine developed by Astra Seneca at the University of Oxford. The government has activated a strong Covid-19 vaccine production and delivery ecosystem to meet demand.
♦ The Indian government announced a rupee stimulus plan. 9 billion Rufus are used for the Covid Suraksha mission to promote the development of indigenous vaccines.
♦ The focus of the Covid-19 vaccine development task is from pre-clinical development to clinical development, manufacturing, and regulatory deployment, end-to-end, and all available funds and funds will be integrated to accelerate product development.
♦ Another important goal will be to support the development of common unified agreements, internal and external quality management systems, training, data management systems, regulatory submissions, and certification.
♦ The grant will be provided to the Indian Ministry of COVID-19 Vaccine Research and Development Biotechnology, and will ensure that it is introduced into the public health system in a fast-track manner under the premise of complying with all regulations and permits.
♦ So far, in academia and industry, a total of 10 candidate vaccines have been supported by the biotechnology department. Up to now, 5 candidate vaccines are in the human trial stage.
♦ Ambassadors from 100 countries are scheduled to arrive in Pune on December 4 to visit the Indian Serum Institute and Genova Biopharma. Sweden has recognized India’s role as a “world pharmacy”.
♦ In view of the coronavirus pandemic, Sweden is committed to expanding bilateral cooperation in the fields of health and life sciences. At the same time, B Systems, a Luxembourg-based company, is cooperating with India to produce portable vaccine refrigeration equipment, which will solve the problem of vaccine distribution in India.
♦ It can be recalled that Prime Minister Modi held a virtual summit with Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on November 19, during which he emphasized the strengthening of bilateral cooperation.