Tuesday, February 23, 2021

“Priority” for India: World’s largest vaccine manufacturer asks for patience


“Priority” for India
World’s largest vaccine manufacturer asks for patience

India is the “pharmacy of the world”; no other country produces more vaccines. The country also plays a major role in the production of corona vaccines. A true vaccine giant is now preparing the world for possible delays: India is currently advancing from above at the behest of.

The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer has indicated that there could be delays in exports of corona vaccines. Indian Serum Institute head Adar Poonawalla wrote on Twitter: “Dear Countries & Governments, As you await #COVISHIELD shipments, I humbly ask you to be patient. The Serum Institute has been instructed to prioritize India’s great needs while keeping the needs of the rest of the world in balance. We do our best. ”

Among other things, the company manufactures the Astrazeneca vaccine under the name Covishield at affordable prices. It will therefore play an important role in fighting pandemics, especially in poorer countries.

India is often – like Germany once – referred to as the “pharmacy of the world”; In the second most populous country, around half of all vaccines are manufactured worldwide. India had recently given away millions of doses of corona vaccine to poorer countries in its region and beyond. Others were sold. For India this is an opportunity to strengthen its image in the region – also in view of its neighbor China, which is militarily and economically superior to India.

But India itself needs a lot of vaccines and wants to vaccinate around 300 million people by the summer – a little less than a quarter of its 1.3 billion population. Until recently, the corona numbers in the huge country were relatively low. Only around 10,000 new infections were recorded every day, while at peak times last summer it was almost 100,000 a day. Some experts suggested some immunity in the population, and antibody tests suggested that many carried the virus asymptomatically.

With the lower number of cases, however, people’s carelessness had also increased and more infectious corona mutants from Great Britain, Brazil and South Africa were recently found. Recently there has been an increase in the number of cases in some regions, including the metropolis of Mumbai.



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