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A healthcare worker reacts as she receives a dose of Covishield, a Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, during one of the world's largest Covid-19 vaccination campaigns in Odisha, India, January 16, 2021. — Reuters pic
A healthcare worker reacts as she receives a dose of Covishield, a Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, during one of the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination campaigns in Odisha, India, January 16, 2021. — Reuters pic

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BENGALURU, Sept 24 — Indian drugmaker Shilpa Medicare Limited said today it had agreed to produce Cadila Healthcare Ltd’s three-dose Covid-19 vaccine.

The country’s health authorities had given emergency approval in August for Cadila’s vaccine, the world’s first Covid-19 DNA shot, in adults and children aged 12 years and above.

Cadila, which is expected to begin supplying its vaccine from next month, aims to make 100 million to 120 million doses of ZyCoV-D a year.

While India’s vaccination programme aims to inoculate all eligible adults by December, the country also expects to resume exports to meet its commitments under the global Covax initiative from October to December.

Shilpa Medicare said its unit will make the vaccine’s drug substance, while Cadila will package, distribute and market the shot.

The targeted production of the ZyCoV-D vaccine from Shilpa Medicare’s facility in Karnataka has not been disclosed. Cadila and Shilpa Medicare did not immediately respond to Reuters requests seeking details on the deal.

A government source told Reuters last week that Cadila Healthcare will supply 10 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine in October.

Shilpa Medicare also produces the Russian Sputnik V vaccine under an agreement with Indian pharma giant Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories.

Shares of Shilpa Medicare, which rose about 2 per cent after the announcement, were last down about 0.6 per cent. Cadila Healthcare’s shares were unchanged. — Reuters

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