Not possible to up vaccine production overnight: SII

Chennai: Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawala has said it is not possible to ramp up vaccine production overnight.

‘Vaccine manufacturing is a specialised process. It is therefore, not possible to ramp up production overnight,’ he said.

Poonawala added that producing enough doses for all adults in India is not an easy task.

He also said Serum has received ‘all kinds of support, be it scientific, regulatory and financial’ from the goverment.
Poonawalla said that as of today they have received total orders of over 26 crore doses, of which more than 15 crore doses have been supplied.

‘We have also got 100% advance of Rs 1,732.50 crore by GoI for the next tranche of 11 crore doses in the next few months. Another 11 crore doses would be supplied in the second channel for states and private hospitals in the next few months,’ he added.

NT Bureau