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COVID vaccine may take 4-5 years to reach everyone

There won’t be enough vaccines to fight the COVID-19 for everyone till 2024, said Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer of Serum Institute of India (SII). It will mostly take 4-5 years till everyone receive the vaccination.

If it is a two-dose vaccination, the world will require 15 billion doses of the COVID-19 shot, said the head of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. Additionally, he said that the long haul was because of pharma firms not scaling up their manufacturing process at a faster speed to immunize the international populace.

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Serum Institute of India has actually partnered with 5 international pharma firms, including AstraZeneca and Novavax for establishing a COVID-19 vaccine as well as manufacturing 1 billion dosages. Out of 1 billion doses, half of them will certainly be vowed to India, and to manufacture the Sputnik-V vaccine, the firm might likewise partner with Gamaleya Institute in Russia.

On Serum Institute of India’s commitment to manufacture 1 billion vaccine dosages, he said that the commitment has gone beyond the ability of other vaccine manufacturers. He further added that he knows the world wishes to be optimistic about it, however, he has not heard of any individual coming even near to that (level) as of now.

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Adar Poonawalla warned about this after a day the Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister claimed although the date for introducing the coronavirus vaccine was not fixed, it may be ready by the first quarter of next year.

SII is now the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by the number of doses produced and sold globally including the vaccine for Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Rubella, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, r-Hepatitis B, Hib, and BCG. According to an estimation, about 65% of the children in the world receive at least one vaccine manufactured by SII.

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Author: Sruthi S