Since the launch of the anti-Covid vaccination drive, SII has so far provided 170 crore doses of Covishield to the government.
Covovax works very well against omicron variant,more than Covishield, says Adar Poonawalla.
A complaint in this regard was registered and during the investigation, police zeroed in on the eight accounts to which the money was transferred.
The SII had announced its partnership with Oxford University to manufacture the vaccine in April 2020.
The fraud unfolded between the afternoons of Wednesday and Thursday, said an official of Bundgarden police station.
Dilip Lunawat in his petition blamed the authorities for creating alleged false narratives and misrepresentations about the Coronavirus vaccine.
The most awaited vaccine will be launched by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Jitendra Singh on September 1.
The State government has also decided to expand screening and services for breast and cervical cancers from medical colleges to the district headquarters hospital (DHH).
The DCGI’s approval came following a recommendation by the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Covid-19 of the CDSCO on June 15.
The sources said it will be the first instance of any Indian manufacturer's vaccine -- Covid or non-Covid -- to be exported to the US.
A separate HPV working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) had examined on June 8 the clinical trial data and usefulness of the vaccine.
Officials said the Subject Expert Committee deliberated upon the matter and recommended EUA for use in younger children.
The DCGI had approved Covovax for restricted use in emergency situations in adults on December 28 and in the 12 to 17 years age group subject to certain conditions on March 9.
In the application, Singh is learnt to have stated that qHPV vaccine CERVAVAC has demonstrated robust antibody response that is nearly 1,000 times higher than the baseline.
The entity will work towards improving health equity against future pandemics and infectious diseases. It will also ensure cross-programme coordination and collaboration.
He also called for speeding up the decision to vaccinate young kids and said if they can be given other immunisation vaccines why not for the COVID-19.
Calling for increased adoption of booster doses, Poonawalla said it is also needed because people need to travel internally and outside, many countries have made booster doses mandatory for travel.
The SII had last month submitted an application to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking emergency use authorisation (EUA) for Covovax's use among children in the age group.
Serum Institute to give free Covishield vials to private vaccination centres to compensate for price difference
India began administering the precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccines to all beneficiaries aged above 18 years at private vaccination centres from Sunday.
The precautionary dose has to be of the same vaccine used for the first two doses.