A new manufacturing centre in Oxfordshire is getting a multi-million-pound funding boost from the government as part of the race to produce millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
The government will invest up to £93 million to accelerate construction of the Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.
When completed it will have capacity to produce enough vaccine doses to serve the entire UK population by September
The funding will ensure the centre opens in summer 2021, a year ahead of schedule.
The new centre, which is already under construction, is a key component of the government’s coronavirus vaccine programme – ensuring that once a vaccine is available it can be produced quickly and in mass quantities.
It will also accelerate the production of vaccines for existing illnesses such as the flu virus.