Global fight against Coronavirus: UK, India to spend £8 million on joint COVID-19 vaccine project

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July 29, 2020 6:15 AM

The UK is contributing £4 million from the UK Research and Innovation Fund for International Collaboration with India matching the amount.

The UK has already partnered with India’s Serum Institute to manufacture the vaccine for Covid-19, if clinical trials are successful, with plans to distribute to a billion people across the developing world.The UK has already partnered with India’s Serum Institute to manufacture the vaccine for Covid-19, if clinical trials are successful, with plans to distribute to a billion people across the developing world. (Representative image)

India and the UK have signed a £8 million deal to tackle anti-microbial resistance and strengthen the global fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes. The UK is contributing £4 million from the UK Research and Innovation Fund for International Collaboration with India matching the amount.

India is a major producer of antimicrobials in the pharmaceutical industry global supply chain. The joint research projects will facilitate a better understanding of how waste from antimicrobial manufacturing could be fuelling AMR.

The UK has already partnered with India’s Serum Institute to manufacture the vaccine for Covid-19, if clinical trials are successful, with plans to distribute to a billion people across the developing world. The UK is India’s second biggest research partner with joint research expected to be worth £400 million by next year, according to Philip Barton, High Commissioner to India.

Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth will chair a virtual round-table with senior Indian and UK-based stakeholders on cold-chain technologies that are critical for the effective transport of vaccines, ensuring they successfully reach their final destination.

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