GoI establishes Khelo India State Centres of Excellence

The Ministry of Sports has launched Khelo India State Centres of Excellence. The centre aims to create robust sporting ecosystem in the country.

Highlights

The Sports Ministry has identified state owned sports facilities in 8 states of India. The facilities are to be upgraded into Khelo India State Centres of Excellence. The funds for the sports centres are to be used for equipment, expert coaches, support staff and infrastructure through Khelo India Scheme.

About the centres

The centres are to be developed into world class sporting facilities. The required infrastructure are to be identified by the states and Union Territories. Around 8 centres have been identified out of 15 proposals.

Significance

The Khelo India State Centre of Excellence is to be established to strengthen excellence of India in Olympics. The centre will help the athletes to train in their respective discipline.

The Centres

The 8 centres established under the scheme are located in Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Telangana, Mizoram.

India to supply Pneumonia Vaccine to low-income nations

The Pune based Serum Institute of India is to supply Pneumonia vaccine to low-income countries. The Institute is one of the leading manufacturers of vaccines and immunobiological drugs.

Highlights

The Serum Institute of India and UNICEF have signed an agreement to supply pneumonia vaccine to low income countries. Under the agreement, the institutes are to provide 10 million Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine that will help prevent pneumonia to low income countries every year

The Pune based Serum Institute of India is to supply Pneumonia vaccine to low-income countries. The Institute is one of the leading manufacturers of vaccines and immunobiological drugs.

Highlights

The Serum Institute of India and UNICEF have signed an agreement to supply pneumonia vaccine to low income countries. Under the agreement, the institutes are to provide 10 million Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine that will help prevent pneumonia to low income countries every year.

GAVI Alliance

The Serum Institute of India along with UNICEF and GAVI alliance are to supply the vaccine at 2 USD per does. This is 43% less than GAVI price of 3.50 USD under the Advance Market Commitment

Advance Market Commitment

Under Advance Market Commitment, the GAVI alliance provided incentives to the pharmaceutical companies to develop and produce suitable vaccines. This was done to provide sustainable prices to the vaccines.

The AMC was launched in 2009. It has so far prevented deaths of 700,000 children in 60 developing countries. The AMC programme is set to end this year (2020). The programme was launched by Canada, UK, Russia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Norway.

Background

Pneumonia is the biggest killer of children in the world that takes the life of a child every 39 seconds.

GAVI Alliance

The Serum Institute of India along with UNICEF and GAVI alliance are to supply the vaccine at 2 USD per does. This is 43% less than GAVI price of 3.50 USD under the Advance Market Commitment

Advance Market Commitment

Under Advance Market Commitment, the GAVI alliance provided incentives to the pharmaceutical companies to develop and produce suitable vaccines. This was done to provide sustainable prices to the vaccines.

The AMC was launched in 2009. It has so far prevented deaths of 700,000 children in 60 developing countries. The AMC programme is set to end this year (2020). The programme was launched by Canada, UK, Russia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Norway.

Background

Pneumonia is the biggest killer of children in the world that takes the life of a child every 39 seconds.