NEW DELHI: Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. is now the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by number of doses produced and sold globally (more than 1.5 billion doses) which includes Polio vaccine as well as Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hib, BCG, r-Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccines. It is estimated that about 65% of the children in the world receive at least one vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute.
Vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute are accredited by the World Health Organization, Geneva and are being used in around 170 countries across the globe in their national immunization programs, saving millions of lives throughout the world.
Serum India Chief Executive Officer Aadhar Poonawala has explained that corona vaccines have not been exported abroad, ignoring the people of India. The 2nd wave of corona spreading in India has intensified.
This has resulted in a total curfew in many states of the country. Meanwhile, there is also a shortage of vaccines. Thus, a complaint arouse that vaccine manufacturers are giving priority to sending vaccines abroad.
Explaining this, India Chief Executive Officer Aadhar Poonawala said that based on the approval of the Union Government last year, vaccination has been sent to some countries.
But he explained that the people of India should not be ignored and considered exported abroad. He also noted that vaccination of all in a country with a large population like India is not an act to end in a month or two.