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Will the government of India have 80,000 crores available for COVID-19 vaccines: Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla asks COVID19Vaccine
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Will the government of India have 80,000 crores available for COVID-19 vaccines: Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla asks

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 26 Sep 2020, 05:24 pm

New Delhi: Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on Saturday asked whether the Indian government will have Rs. 80,000 crores over the next one year to buy and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in India.

He asked the question on Twitter.

The organization is the world's largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume.

It is also conducting trials of Covid vaccine candidates ahead of mass production.

"Quick question; will the government of India have 80,000 crores available, over the next one year? Because that's what @MoHFW_INDIA  needs, to buy and distribute the vaccine to everyone in India. This is the next concerning challenge we need to tackle.  @PMOIndia," Adar Poonawalla tweeted.

" I ask this question, because we need to plan and guide, vaccine manufacturers both in India and overseas to service the needs of our country in terms of procurement and distribution," he said.

India added 85,362 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, Ministry of Health data released on Saturday.

The tally of COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 59,03,933.  

During the same period, India registered 1089 deaths due to the highly infectious disease.

There are currently 9,60,969 active cases in the country.

So far, 48,49,584 patients have been discharged from hospital.

The total death toll due to the disease in the country now stands at 93379.