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Serum’s vaccine despatch delayed another 48 hours

IndiaTimes Friday, 8 January 2021 ()
The massive airlift of the Covishield vaccine doses from here has been delayed by another 48 hours. It is now likely to happen only by Monday. Vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India has dismissed talk of the transportation delay being due to “price negotiations” with the Union government.SII has 50 million doses ready at its Manjari plant in Pune. It has been waiting for the government to place a formal order for the doses before it can undertake the massive transportation exercise. Poonwalla said his company is making 50-60 million doses of the vaccine every month.
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