PM Cares funds sanctioned by the centre
Union Minister of State for Home and Lok Sabha member from Secunderabad G Kishan Reddy said on Saturday that the Centre has sanctioned funds from the PM Cares Fund for setting up a vaccine-testing laboratory in Hyderabad, after stating that the increased focus on vaccine production against the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated more vaccine- testing laboratories in the country.
He also thanked Narendra Modi for sanctioning funds for setting up of Vaccine Testing Lab at Hyderabad stating that this is a big step forward towards comprehensive development of the pharma sector in Hyderabad, which will also boost production of COVID-9 vaccines. The laboratory in Hyderabad is expected to commence operations in the next month.
At present, there are two vaccine-testing laboratories in the country – the Central Drug Laboratory at Kasauli and the National Institute of Biologicals at Noida. Funds have been released from the PM CARES Fund on March 6 for establishing two more such laboratories – one at National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, and the other at the National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad, under the Department of Biotechnology.