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Centre May Purchase 300-400 Million Covishield Doses By July 2021: Serum Institute’s Adar Poonawalla

Serum Institute of India (SII) has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University for the COVID-19 vaccine candidate ‘Covishield’

Centre May Purchase 300-400 Million Covishield Doses By July 2021: Serum Institute’s Adar Poonawalla
Highlights
  • On November 28, PM Modi visited the manufacturing facility of SII in Pune
  • For COVID vaccine distribution, SII’s priority is India and COVAX countries
  • SII has already produced 40-50 million doses of the vaccine: Mr Poonawalla

New Delhi: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the company’s pandemic level facility in Pune, Serum Institute of India’s (SII), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Adar Poonawalla on Saturday (November 28) said that indications suggest that the central government may purchase 300-400 million doses by July 2021. SII has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University for the vaccine candidate ‘Covishield’. “As of now we don’t have anything in writing of how many doses the Government of India would purchase, but the indication is three to four hundred million doses by July 2021,” Mr Poonawalla said in a media interaction.

Also Read: Government Will Get COVID-19 Vaccine At Rs.250; 100 Million Doses By January, Serum Institute’s Adar Poonawalla On Oxford Vaccine

Mr Poonawalla also disclosed that the SII will apply for emergency authorisation of the COVID-19 vaccine in the next two weeks.

Talking about the progress of the vaccine, SII CEO said,

We are in the process of submitting the data of our vaccine to the Drug Control of India. After it is reviewed it will be the decision of the Health Ministry to roll out doses in the first and second quarters.

Responding to a question on the distribution of the vaccine, Mr Poonawalla stressed that the SII’s priority is India and other COVAX countries.

Vaccine will be distributed initially in India, and then we will look at the COVAX countries which are mainly in Africa. The UK and European markets are being taken care of by AstraZeneca and Oxford. Our priority is India and COVAX countries, he said.

Also Read: COVID-19: Entire Delhi Can Be Vaccinated In A Month, Says State Immunisation Officer

Talking about his interaction with Prime Minister, Mr Poonawala said he was amazed by his knowledge of vaccines.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is extremely knowledgeable now on vaccines and vaccine production. We were amazed at what he already knew. There was very little to explain to him, except for going into detail on different variable vaccines and the challenges that they may face ahead, the CEO said.

Mr Poonawala further said the SII has already produced 40-50 million doses of the vaccine per month, and the pharma giant is planning to stretch it up to 100 million doses of the vaccine per month by February.

There was zero hospitalisation during the trial and 60 per cent reduction in sterilizing immunity, Mr Poonawalla disclosed about the Covishield vaccine in the virtual interaction.

Also Read: AstraZeneca CEO Expects To Run New Global Trial Of COVID-19 Vaccine

PM Modi visited the manufacturing facility of SII in Pune on Saturday (November 28), to personally review the vaccine development.

Had a good interaction with the team at Serum Institute of India. They shared details about their progress so far on how they plan to further ramp up vaccine manufacturing. Also took a look at their manufacturing facility, he wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet, the Prime Minister’s office said,

Prime Minister stressed that India considers vaccines as not only vital to good health but also as a global good, and it is India’s duty to assist other countries, including the nations in our neighbourhood, in the collective fight against the virus.

Also Read: AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Faces Questions After Error: Report

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World

26,43,68,460Cases
22,50,84,762Active
3,40,45,666Recovered
52,38,032Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,43,68,460 and 52,38,032 have died; 22,50,84,762 are active cases and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 1:36 pm.

India

3,46,15,757 9,216Cases
99,976 213Active
3,40,45,666 8,612Recovered
4,70,115 391Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,15,757 confirmed cases including 4,70,115 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,976 and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,37,221 796

10,882 180

64,85,290 952

1,41,049 24

Kerala

51,51,919 4,700

45,030 252

50,66,034 4,128

40,855 320

Karnataka

29,96,833 363

6,772 169

29,51,845 191

38,216 3

Tamil Nadu

27,28,350 715

8,155 45

26,83,691 748

36,504 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,252 159

2,138 11

20,56,670 169

14,444 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,417 12

93 1

16,87,413 11

22,911

West Bengal

16,17,408 657

7,690 22

15,90,208 667

19,510 12

Delhi

14,41,190 217

307 21

14,15,785 196

25,098

Odisha

10,49,597 252

2,211 26

10,38,971 276

8,415 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,870 37

328 12

9,92,949 25

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,827 21

213 10

9,45,659 11

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,570 50

318 25

8,17,158 24

10,094 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,199 12

128 4

7,82,543 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,760 27

178 9

7,61,528 18

10,054

Bihar

7,26,230 5

32 0

7,16,534 4

9,664 1

Telangana

6,76,376 189

3,680 50

6,68,701 137

3,995 2

Assam

6,17,163 124

2,535 77

6,08,517 198

6,111 3

Punjab

6,03,352 32

344 13

5,86,402 18

16,606 1

Jharkhand

3,49,271 15

95 1

3,44,035 13

5,141 1

Uttarakhand

3,44,325 22

182 4

3,36,735 18

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,263 177

1,697 10

3,31,089 167

4,477

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,354 85

835 29

2,22,669 113

3,850 1

Goa

1,79,046 56

367 40

1,75,295 16

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,765 315

3,717 55

1,31,545 368

503 2

Puducherry

1,28,998 33

299 10

1,26,826 23

1,873

Manipur

1,25,269 33

663 4

1,22,627 28

1,979 1

Tripura

84,835 15

94 6

83,916 8

825 1

Meghalaya

84,534 24

296 2

82,764 25

1,474 1

Chandigarh

65,475 4

65 1

64,590 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,285 6

36 1

54,969 5

280

Sikkim

32,267 15

137 10

31,727 5

403

Nagaland

32,128 3

128 5

31,302 6

698 2

Ladakh

21,642 41

306 21

21,122 20

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 1

10,679 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,397 1

18 8

10,328 9

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,686 3

7 2

7,550 1

129

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