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Vaccine Alliance agrees collaboration with Indian company

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The Gavi Vaccine Alliance has announced further collaboration with the Indian pharmaceutical company Serum Institute.

Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund a further 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Serum, bringing it to a total of 200 million doses for low and middle income countries – with a maximum price of $3 (?2.33) per dose.

Different companies and countries are striking up vaccine deals around the world. There are concerns that wealthier countries will push out more vulnerable nations, and authorities are trying to make sure any vaccine developed is rolled out globally.

You can read more about who will get the vaccine first here

Hard-hit India passes six million cases

As we told you earlier, India has now more than six million confirmed cases of coronavirus, after authorities announced a further 82,170 recorded cases.

India remains in the second spot worldwide for cases, and there are fears it could soon surpass the US, as new infections are rising there faster than anywhere else around the globe.

Some in fact believe the situation could be even worse than reported. Health experts believe that low testing rates are covering up the scale of infections in the country, and there are allegations that authorities are undercounting deaths.

But Dr Balgram Bhargava, the director-general of India's Council of Medical Research, told the Financial Times on Friday the country had done "exceedingly well in comparison to other developed countries until now, considering the vast and diverse population of the country".

Graphic showing rising cases and deaths in India
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The woman farmer who beat debt and stigma
Women should live life on their own terms, says Jyoti Deshmukh, who overcame the odds to become a successful farmer.