New Delhi: Serum Institute of India’s CEO Adar Poonawalla on Monday, warned that vaccine to fight COVID-19 won’t be available enough in the world till 2024, as per a media report.
“It’s going to take four to five years until everyone gets the vaccine on this planet,” said Poonawalla to Financial Times.
According to reports, Poonawalla estimated that if the Covid-19 shot is a two-dose vaccine — such as measles or rotavirus — the world will need 15 billion doses.
The world’s largest vaccine manufacturing company has partnered with five international pharmaceutical firms, including AstraZeneca and Novavax, to develop a Covid-19 vaccine and committed to producing one billion doses, of which it has promised half to India.
The SII may also partner with Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute to manufacture the Sputnik vaccine.
He said that the commitment far exceeded the capacity of other vaccine producers. “I know the world wants to be optimistic on it . . . [but] I have not heard of anyone coming even close to that [level] right now,” as quoted by FT.
The drug company manufactures around 1.5 billion vaccine doses per year for more than 170 countries, most of which are developing nations, to protect against infectious diseases such as influenza and polio.
Last week, AstraZeneca said that the COVID-19 vaccines could be available by end of this year or early next year.