• Sayanti Dey

The vaccination may begin by January in India, predict normal life by October: Adar Poonawala

The Coronavirus vaccines are expected to be available in India by the month of January

Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute Of India (SII), on Sunday stated that the vaccination drive among the Indians is likely to begin by January. He said so firmly considering the approvals for emergency-use authorization of Oxford-AstraZeneca by month-end.

Speaking at The Economic Times Global Business Summit, Adar Poonawalla he expects the Indians to be vaccinated by October 21 and the normal life could revive soon. “By this month-end, we might get an emergency license, but the actual license for wider use might come in a later date. But we are confident that if the regulators give a nod, India’s vaccination drive can start by January 2021”.

He also added, “ Once 20% of India gets the Coronavirus Vaccine, we can hopefully see the confidence and sentiments coming back, and by September- October next year hopefully there will be enough vaccines for everyone and normal life can return.”

It is mentioned that the government has a discussion and wanted to get hold of 300-400 million doses by July 2021. The Serum Institute of India has collaborated with a pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, and the University of Oxford for making the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is named Covidshield and the SII are performing its trials in India.

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