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Serum Institute to establish centre of excellence for Infectious Diseases & Pandemic Preparedness in Hyderabad

Serum Institute of India will be setting up Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Infectious Diseases and Pandemic Preparedness in the Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad.

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More About This Development:

Centre Name Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases and Pandemic Preparedness
Objectives Providing a hub for public health education and outreach, response efforts during outbreaks of infectious diseases, real-time information and updates on current epidemics, offering resources and support for those affected
Location Indian Institute of Public Health in Hyderabad
Sponsor Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Institute Public Health Foundation of India
Manufacturer Serum Institute of India Limited
Manufacturer’s Status One of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers by the number of doses produced and sold globally

While the discussion for the proposed CoE was initiated at the meeting of Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao’s meeting with Adar C. Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India during the World Economic Forum in Davos in May 2022, the announcement of the center was made after Rama Rao’s virtual meeting with Adar Poonawalla.

The Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH-H) is one of five institutions established by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to strengthen health systems for better planning and performance and also align multi-sectoral policies and programmes to public health objectives.

Significance of this Centre of Excellence (CoE):

The CoE is being set up for providing the community with a centralised location for information, resources, and support during times of public health emergencies. It will be staffed by experienced healthcare professionals and equipped with state-of-the-art technology and resources.

The Centre will serve as a hub for public health education, outreach, and response efforts during outbreaks of infectious diseases. It will provide real-time information and updates on current epidemics, as well as offer resources and support for those who have been affected.

About Serum Institute of India(SII):

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Serum Institute of India is now the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by a number of doses produced and sold globally (more than 1.5 billion doses), which includes Polio vaccine, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hib, BCG, r-Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, as well as Pneumococcal and Covid-19 vaccines.

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