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Two corona vaccines ready for roll out in India on Jan 13: Union Health Ministry

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Eastern Times, New Delhi: The two vaccine manufacturers – Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute – said in a joint statement that the corona vaccines are ready to roll out in India.

In a joint statement, Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute, Pune and Dr Krishna Ella, MD of India Biotech, Hyderabad, said, “Both companies have great respect for each other’s work and last week’s misunderstanding is a thing of the past. We are aware of the importance of the vaccines.

Protecting the lives of the countrymen and worldwide is now the biggest task. The vaccine is a life-saving antidote that will protect the entire world by fighting the virus.

This will end the health crisis and revive the economy. We are committed to jointly delivering our vaccines to the world”.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the corona vaccine would be introduced in the country on or before January 13.

Last Friday, the DGCI approved the Covishield vaccine developed by the Serum Institute and India Biotech’s vaccine Covaxin which was released on Sunday for ‘emergency use’.

Later, war of words between the two Indian organisations escalated. Head of the Serum Institute Adar Poonawalla claimed that only three coronavirus vaccines (Oxford University-AstroZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines) have been found to be effective in the world.

There is no evidence regarding the effectiveness of any other vaccine. All other vaccines, including vaccines from India, Russia and Europe are as ‘safe as water’.

At the same time, head of India Biotech also questioned the results of the Oxford’s Covaxin. However, without naming anyone, it was clear that Bharat Biotech was the main target of head of the Serum Institute.

Dr Krishna Ella at a press conference on Monday responded to Serum’s sarcasm saying that, “It’s easy to target Indian scientists. I have to raise my voice as another company remarked my vaccine is as safe as water. Only three vaccines have been tested for effectiveness and other vaccines are like water.

I’m dismissing that. As a scientist, such comments are painful. We work 24 hours a day and do not deserve such criticism from people.

Amid such an environment of conflict, questions arise about the future of vaccination. On Tuesday, the CEO of Serum said that there is no problem between Serum and Bharat Biotech.

Both the organisations are committed to delivering the vaccine to the people in a joint venture.

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