Wockhardt unit to supply COVID-19 vaccines in U.K.

Wockhardt Ltd. will supply millions of doses of multiple COVID-19 vaccines under a deal with the U.K. government.

The production will be undertaken at the drugmaker’s CP Pharmaceuticals unit in Wrexham, North Wales. Wockhardt did not share details on the contract’s value.

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The company has reserved fill and finish production capacity to allow for the supply of multiple vaccines to the U.K. Government. This includes AZD1222, the vaccine co-invented by the University of Oxford and its spin-out company Vaccitech and licensed by AstraZeneca.

“We have a sophisticated sterile manufacturing facility and a highly skilled workforce,” Ravi Limaye, Managing Director Wockhardt U.K. said. “We expect to start delivering the first doses of the vaccine later this year.”

Wockhardt shares jumped 10% to close at ₹303.40 on the BSE on Monday, while the broader benchmark index, the S&P BSE Sensex, declined 1.8%.

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