Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India, has again clarified the controversy over the interview given during his stay in the UK. Poonawala gave an interview to British newspaper The Times last week. In it, he revealed that influential people in India are making quick phone calls to him and seeking to speed up the production of Covishield vaccine of Coronavirus. Poonawala, who stayed with his wife in London, tweeted on Monday morning that he wanted to clarify some things, because his statement has been misinterpreted.
It is being said that Poonawala is in London for some time to avoid threats and pressure. The CEO of Serum Institute of India, Adar Poonawala, said in an interview on Saturday that the threats are serious. He revealed the pressure to speed up the production of the corona vaccine and supply crores of doses.
Poonawala clarified that the production of covid vaccine cannot be increased overnight. The vaccine production process takes time. He also mentioned about the huge population of India and said that it is not easy for everyone to produce sufficient doses so quickly. However, Serum is making every effort to increase the production of coviciled vaccine amidst the second wave of corona epidemic in the country. Poonawala has issued a statement confirming the statement of the Central Government.
It says that in the next few months 11 crore doses will be supplied to the central government. Rich countries and their companies are also worried to increase production, while the population of those countries is very less. Poonawala said that Pune-based Serum has been working closely with the government since April last year.
Poonawala said, the Serum Institute has received scientific, regulatory and financial support. So far 26 crore food orders have been received, out of which we have been supplied 15 crore. In the next few months, 100 percent i.e. Rs 1,725.5 crore has been received from the Center for 11 crore vaccines. In the next few months 11 crore doses will be given to the states and private hospitals. Poonawala admitted that everyone wants vaccine supply as soon as possible. Ceram is also making efforts for this. The central government has made an advance payment of Rs 787 crore to get 5 crore vaccines from Bharat Biotech.