Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has said that the government plans to set up 35 Multi-Modal Logistics Parks in the country at a total cost of 50,000 crore rupees. Addressing the National Conference on Investment Opportunities in Highways, Transport and Logistics in Mumbai, Mr. Gadkari said these parks have been conceptualized to enable seamless intermodal freight movement and offer multiple functionalities such as freight aggregation and distribution, storage and warehousing solutions and value-added services such as custom clearances and IT services. He added that all these Multi-Modal Logistics Parks will be developed as part of the Design, Build Finance, Operate and Transfer model. Mr Gadkari said his ministry will execute infrastructure projects worth 7 lakh crore rupees in the next 2-3 years.

World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an emergency use listing for Serum Institute of India’s manufactured Covovax. The move will help expand the basket of WHO-validated vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In a statement, WHO said, the decision will give a much-needed boost to ongoing efforts to vaccinate more people in lower-income countries.

The Serum Institute of India (SII) is producing Covovax under licence from Novavax and is part of the COVAX facility portfolio. Taking to Twitter, SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said, this is yet another milestone in our fight against Covid-19. He said, Covovax is now WHO approved for emergency use, showing excellent safety and efficacy.

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