Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla. (File photo)

Adar Poonawalla lauds Centre's work during COVID pandemic

May 16, 2022

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], April 4 (ANI): Amid the overall cases and positivity rate declining in the country and states like Maharashtra, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh revoking the COVID restrictions, Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Serum Institute of India (SII), praised the Central Government for their work during the pandemic and hinted at the announcement of a booster dose policy.
Speaking on the booster dose policy, he praised the Central government and said, "For the booster dose, we have appealed to the government for few months, as everyone who needs to travel needs to take booster dose, the government has already covered entire adult population with two doses and now, time for the booster has also come"
He also mentioned that all the other countries have already initiated the booster dose and now it was India's turn to match the suit.
He also compared the vaccines of India to the vaccines in Europe and America.
"The Covid cases in India are less because we chose the right vaccine. If and when the fourth wave comes, it will be mild hopefully, I don't want to make any predictions but if you look at the way our nation has responded to the new mutant variant, our vaccines have been proven far better," said Poonawalla.
Poonawala also cleared the air about the current vaccine's performance on a new variant.
"Yes our vaccines will work, but you will have to take booster for the future variant, We have enough stocks," clarified Poonawalla.
Adar Poonawalla was speaking at the Alternative Fuel Conclave in Pune. The Conclave highlighted Maharashtra's leadership role in the alternate fuel and automobile sector and was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday. (ANI)