UK government has pledged £93m to new vaccine ‘innovation center’
The Government will spend nearly £100 million to speed up the development of a vaccine manufacturing center that would produce doses for the whole of the UK within six months, once an effective inoculation against the coVID-19 has been found.
This center is already under construction at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, a further injection of £93 million is expected to accelerate its scheduled opening date by 12 months next summer, UK secretary of state for economic affairs Alok Sharma said.
He also announced a £38 million investment in a rapid deployment plant that will be ready to start manufacturing at scale this summer, to support efforts to make any Covid-19 vaccine available to the community as quickly as possible.
This recent move brings the total public and private sector funding for the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Center (VMIC) to £207 million.
“As a major contributor to the international coalition to find a vaccine, the UK is leading the global response,” said the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs. “Once a breakthrough is achieved, we must be ready to manufacture a vaccine in the millions”.
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