CERT DB wont update

I have an issue where the cert db fails to update, there seems to be something wrong with the sqlite db. I notice that it’s not possible to elevate to root on GCE, so how am I able to rebuild the sqlite db without resorting to creating a new VM ?

Oct 09 18:03:43 gsm gvmd[8544]: No CERT database found
Oct 09 18:03:43 gsm gvmd[8545]: sync_cert: Updating data from feed
Oct 09 18:03:43 gsm gvmd[8545]: sql_prepare_internal: sqlite3_prepare failed: no such table: cert.dfn_cert_advs