Serum CEO's big charge in London, powerful people in India are upset, do not want to go back
The third phase of the vaccination campaign in the country started on Saturday, due to daily record cases of corona virus. The demand for vaccine is increasing continuously in the country. Meanwhile, Adar Poonawalla, the head of the Serum Institute of India (SII), a company producing the Covishield vaccine, has spoken about the increasing pressure to demand the vaccine. In Britain, Poonawala has also alleged that many powerful people of India are harassing them with regard to the vaccine. Poonawala has recently been provided with Y-class security by the central government.
'Vaccine calling aggressively'
Talking about this for the first time after getting security, Adar Poonawalla told in an interview to 'The Times' that the powerful people of India are aggressively calling and seeking the covishield vaccine. Covishield is the first vaccine approved by DCGI for emergency use of Corona. Covishield is produced by Serum Institute of India, one of the world's leading vaccine companies.
Poonawala went to UK with daughter and wife
The head of SII said that due to this pressure, he has come to London with his daughter and wife. 40-year-old Poonawala said, "I have stayed this extra time because I don't want to go back to that position." Everything has fallen on my shoulder, but I cannot do anything alone. I do not want to be in a situation where you are doing your work, and you cannot meet the supply of demands of X, Y or Z. Don't even know what they are going to do with you. ''
'Everyone thinks they should get the vaccine'
He said, "The level of expectation and aggression is really unprecedented. It's overwhelming. Everyone feels they should get the vaccine. They don't understand why someone else should meet them first." Indicated that his London move is also linked to business plans to expand vaccine manufacturing to countries outside India, in which Britain may be his choice. When asked about vaccine manufacturing outside India, he said, " "There is going to be a big announcement in the next few days." According to the newspaper, in January this year, the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine was approved, until then the Serum Institute of India has set up its annual production capacity at a cost of US $ 800 million. Had increased from 1.5 to 2.5 billion doses and also produced 50 million doses.
What did Adar say on the charge of making more profits on Covishield?
The company started exporting the vaccine to 68 countries, including Britain. However, during this time the situation started to worsen with Corona in India. Poonawala said in a 'Times' interview, "We are really gasping for all the help." I don't think even God could have predicted that it was going to happen. "While denying the charge of raising the price of Covishield to earn more profits, Poonawalla said that this is completely wrong. He described this vaccine as the cheapest vaccine on the planet. He said, "We have done whatever we could have done better than profiteering." I'll wait for history. "