Serum institute of India says ‘never exported vaccines at the cost of people of India’

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On Tuesday the serum institute of India which is producing the vaccine for the mass inoculation said that it has never exported the vaccines at the cost of people of India. This statement came in response to the mass criticism they received along with the government from the citizens of India for exporting the vaccines to foreign countries.“We have been working with the government tirelessly to do our best for humanity and will continue in the same spirit. This is the time for all of us to unite and work together to defeat the pandemic,” read the SII statement.

 The statement was released explaining why the exports happened. They said they exported the vaccine when India has seen the cases fall and experts say that the tide of Covid-19 cases in India will reduce and hence as a helping hand to the global community the vaccines were exported.“We must also understand that this pandemic is not limited by geographic or political boundaries. We will not be safe till everyone globally is able to defeat this virus at a global scale. Further, as part of our global alliances, we also had commitments to COVAX, so that they could distribute the vaccines globally to end the pandemic,” quoted SII.

They have also discussed the capacity of production and the future plan of action and priority in the released statement.“The SII has delivered more than 200 million doses though we received EUA [Emergency Use Authorisation] two months after the U.S. pharma companies. If we look at total doses produced and delivered, we rank amongst the top three in the world. We continue to scale up manufacturing and prioritise India. We also hope to start delivering to COVAX and other countries by the end of this year.”

These statements come after constant criticism and threats to Adar poonavala, the CEO who had to leave the country for his safety on the note of commercial exports of vaccines to other countries rather than mass inoculation in India.

Source- The Hindu

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