Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday inaugurated Serum Institute of India’s (SII) new multifunctional production facility for vaccines in Pune. The more than Rs 3,000-crore plant, possibly the world’s largest vaccine manufacturing facility, will work on developing vaccines for dengue and human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection, among others.
The manufacturing plant, spread across two million square feet, is set to commence production from November this year. It has been built in compliance with American and European vaccine manufacturing regulations.
Adar Poonawalla, CEO of SII, who is also the chairman of the Indian Vaccine Manufacturers Association, told The Indian Express that they were currently developing new vaccines against HPV, dengue, pneumonia and malaria. – The Indian Express