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Anand Mahindra's tweet on 'Big V' vaccine: Here's how Adar Poonawalla responded

In a tweet on August 2, Mahindra had joked about a vaccine called "Big V", a reference to the Amitabh Bachchan's popular nickname "Big B" and how all of India needs a dose of that.

Image: Twitter/ @adarpoonawalla
Image: Twitter/ @adarpoonawalla

As the world awaits a vaccine for Coronavirus, the chatter in India is increasing further and Anand Mahindra, keeping things light like he does, took the conversation ahead in his own signature way.

On August 2, Industrialist Anand Mahindra had welcomed actor Amitabh Bachchan after his recovery from COVID-19.

In a tweet, Mahindra joked about a vaccine called "Big V", a reference to the actor's popular nickname "Big B" and how all of India needs a dose of that.

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Mahindra said, "Now we need Adar Poonawalla to find a way to extract it from you, manufacture it & give us all a dose." 

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Aadar Poonawalla, chief executive officer of Serum Institute of India, responded to industrialist Anand Mahindra's "Big V" vaccine tweet.

"Haha! good one Anand Mahindra, my scientists are working on it!" Poonawalla said in response to Mahindra's tweet. Poonawalla also wished Bachchan on his recovery from COVID-19.

Poonawalla's Serum Institute of India has received regulatory approval to conduct human clinical trials of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

The wait for a vaccine doesn't seem to end anytime before this year's end. More and more manufacturers are sure on a timeline that extends into the Q1 of FY2021 when a number of vaccine manufacturers will be ready with their versions. Currently, China's Sinovac, Moderna from the US and Oxford-AstraZeneca are some of the foremost contenders to come up with a vaccine.

India's Bharat Biotech is also hoping to come out with its own version by this year's end.
First Published on Aug 4, 2020 11:05 am
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