Published in March 2021
Photography and video by @virajnayar Viraj Nayar for NPR
Text by Lauren Frayer/NPR
The Serum Institute makes vaccines for measles, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis and many other diseases. It specializes in generic versions, exports to 170 countries – and estimates that two-thirds of the world's children are inoculated with its vaccines.
In the era of COVID-19, this family-run private vaccine company has helped fuel India's vaccine-producing strength.
The Serum institute 100 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca per month.
Together with several other vaccine producers in India, this huge capacity has enabled the Indian government to launch the world's biggest vaccination campaign domestically, donate doses to neighboring nations, sell them to others – and compete with China and Russia's efforts to do the same.
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