Pune: While addressing an online discussion organized by the FICCI Ladies Organization, on Tuesday, Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla, the Chairman of the Poonawalla Group, which includes the Serum Institute of India, said that they’re committed to making as many as 1 billion doses of the COVID – 19 vaccines.
“Just few million doses of vaccine for Corona virus will not be enough in India. We have committed to manufacture at least 1 billion doses after getting required approvals.
We are in the process of applying for a license to start clinical trials of the vaccine, after which we’ll start manufacturing the vaccine in large volumes. For that, we might have to hold back our work on other products,” said Dr. Poonawalla.
The discussion was attended by Janaki Pookhan, National President, Aneeta Sanas, Chairperson, FLO Pune Chapter, Sabina Sanghvi, Former Chairperson and Usha Poonawala, Senior Vice Chairperson among others.
“We have partnered with Oxford University and its partner AstraZeneca to manufacture the vaccine and our emphasis to make the vaccine more efficacious and safer with no side-effects.
The government has promised to grant over one thousand crores for the same and we want to make the vaccine available at the lowest price possible so that even the poor can afford it. Besides India, we also want to make it available in under-develop countries like Africa,” Dr. Poonawalla added.