India, Sept. 24 -- The Department for Biotechnology (DBT), under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), is supporting the development of eight vaccine candidates against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country at a cost of Rs 75 crore, 17 proposals for diagnostic devices at a cost of Rs 10 crore and 13 possible therapeutic interventions at a cost of Rs 9.6 crore, according to a reply given by Union Minister for Science and Technology minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in the Lok Sabha (LS) on Wednesday.

The department has also allocated Rs 86 lakh for five other interventions against the viral infection that is raging across the country.

Also read: MoS railways Suresh Angadi dies of Covid-19

The DBT, in collaboration with Un...