Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy is now the greatest threat in overcoming this pandemic, says Adar Poonawalla, the Chief Executive Officer of the Serum Institute of India, on Wednesday.
Urging all adults to get vaccinated as soon as possible, the Serum chief said that the vaccine industry has worked tirelessly to provide enough stocks for the nation. “Today there are over 200 million doses available with states,” he added.
Serum, the world’s largest vaccine maker, has pumped out hundreds of millions of doses of Covishield and the company was meant to be the main provider of vaccines to WHO-backed Covax before the export halt.
Covishield is a licensed version of the AstraZeneca shot made by the Serum Institute. SII has nearly quadrupled its output of Covishield to up to 240 million doses a month since April, when India stopped all exports in order to inoculate its own people during a surge of cases.
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