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‘No one to take Corona’s booster dose’, Adar Poonawalla said – had to throw 100 million doses

Corona Vaccine: The Serum Institute of India (SII) had stopped the production of the Covishield Vaccine in December last year itself. SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said that now the demand for booster doses has stopped. People are now fed up with Corona. He said that if truth be told, he too is fed up with it. He told that the company had stopped production last year because about 100 million doses that were in stock at that time had to be thrown away.

Adar Poonawalla, owner and CEO of Serum Institute of India, said that from December 2021, we have stopped production of Kovishield. There is no demand for booster dose as people are now fed up with Kovid. He gave this information on the sidelines of the Annual General Meeting of the Vaccine Manufacturers Network of Developing Countries (DCVMN).

Regarding Kovovax, Poonawalla said that it should be allowed in two weeks. Going forward, when people take the flu shot every year, they can also take a covid vaccine along with it. He said that the flu shot is not taken in India like it is taken abroad.

‘Working with US firm Codagenix’

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At the same time, on SII’s efforts to develop a vaccine against Omicron variants, Poonawalla said that the company is partnering with US’ Novavax for this. This is going to be a bivalent vaccine. Our Kovovax vaccine, which has been tested as one for effectiveness. The booster shot is likely to be approved in the next 10-15 days. He told that SII is making a single-dose intranasal Kovid vaccine with American firm Codagenix.

‘It is necessary to make a strategy to fight Corona’

At the same time, WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan said that another wave may be faced due to subtypes of XBB, Omicron. However, so far there is no data from any country indicating the new subtypes. He said that these variants can create seriousness. That is why it is necessary to make a strategy to fight Corona in advance.

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