Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Serum Institute’s Adar Poonawalla expects every Indian to be vaccinated by 2024


NEW DELHI: Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla has said that
every
Indian
will
get vaccinated for Covid 19
probably
by
2024.

Speaking at a media event, Poonawalla said the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine should be available for healthcare workers and elderly people
by February 2021 and
by April for the general public.

He said it
will be priced at a maximum of Rs 1,000 for two necessary doses for the public, depending on the final trial results and regulatory approvals.

Probably
by
2024,
every
Indian
will
get vaccinated, Poonawalla said. Poonawalla said it
will
probably take two or three years for
every
Indian to
get inoculated, not just because of the supply constraints but because you need the budget, the vaccine, logistics, infrastructure and then, people should be willing to take the vaccine.

“It
will be
2024 for everybody, if willing to take a two-dose vaccine, to be vaccinated,” he added.

The price
will be around $5-6 per dose with an MRP of around Rs 1,000 for the two necessary doses.

“The Government of India
will be getting it at a far cheaper price at around $3 to $4, because it
will be buying in a large volume and
get access to the price that is similar to what COVAX has got. We are still pricing it far cheaper and more affordable than other vaccines we have in the market today,” Poonawalla said.





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