COVID-19 Vaccine | Covishield production in full swing: Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla also confirmed that he had “an excellent meeting” with all partners and stakeholders in the United Kingdom.
May 02, 2021 / 08:32 AM IST
File image: Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Serum Institute of India (SII) at his office in Pune (Image: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas)
The production of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine, more commonly known as Covishield in India, is “in full swing in Pune”, as per Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla.
In a tweet on May 1, Poonawalla said he was “pleased to state” that Covishield production at the SII’s Pune facility “is in full swing”. He added that he looks forward to “reviewing operations upon my return in a few days”.
Poonawalla also confirmed that he had “an excellent meeting” with all partners and stakeholders in the United Kingdom.
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This comes after Poonawalla spoke out about the pressures of producing COVID-19 vaccines to meet the ever-increasing demand in India as the country battles through a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
In his first comments since he was provided with ‘Y’ category security by the government in late April, Poonawalla told ‘The Times’ in an interview on May 1 that he received aggressive calls from “some of the most powerful people in India”, demanding supplies of Covishield.
The 40-year-old entrepreneur added that this pressure largely led his decision to fly into London to be with his wife and children.
But, he also indicated that the move to London is linked to business plans to expand vaccine manufacturing to countries outside India, which may include the UK.
“There’s going to be an announcement in the next few days,” he said, when asked about Britain as one of the production bases outside India.
Meanwhile, PTI reported that as many as 84,599 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine in the country on May 1, when the phase 3 vaccination drive began. as per the Health Ministry data.Follow our full COVID-19 coverage here