Coronavirus Vaccine, The chief executive of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer has warned that not enough Coronavirus vaccines will be available for everyone in the world to be immunized until the end of 2024 at the earliest. Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute of India, said that pharmaceutical companies were not increasing production capacity swiftly enough to vaccinate the global population in less time.
Mr. Poonawalla assessed that if the Coronavirus vaccine is of two-dose, like that of measles or rotavirus, the world will need 15 billion doses. He said, “It’s going to take four to five years until everyone gets the vaccine on this planet,”
Coronavirus Vaccine: Poonawalla Raises Questions About The Promises Made By The Politicians
The dedication to producing the Coronavirus vaccine has outrun the capacity of other vaccine producers said Mr. Poonawalla. He further said that he is aware of the fact that the world is hoping for the early production of the Coronavirus vaccine much earlier than 2024. But, currently, he hasn’t heard anyone promising to come even close to that. The politicians proclaimed that vaccines will be available by next month. The evaluations made by Mr. Poonawalla caused a serious stir on the proclamations of the politicians. This raises concerns that huge pre-orders from the US and Europe will leave developing countries wanting more.
The family-run Serum Institute has collaborated with five international pharmaceutical firms to produce the Coronavirus vaccine. It includes AstraZeneca and Novavax, to develop a vaccine. The company is devoted to yield 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine. The company, located in the western Indian city of Pune, has committed to providing half of its production to India. Serum Institute of India may also collaborate with Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute to manufacture the Sputnik vaccine. As part of its collaboration with AstraZeneca, the company will aim to produce Coronavirus vaccine doses that cost around $3 for 68 countries and under its partnership with Novavax, for 92 countries.
Soumya Swaminathan, Chief scientist of the World Health Organization predicted in May that it would take 4 to 5 years before the coronavirus pandemic comes under control. He further said that the vaccine is the best possible way to bring the Coronavirus under control. Other important factors are containment measures and virus mutations which could make a vaccine ineffective. Peter Hale, the executive director of the Foundation for Vaccine Research in the US assumes that three fourth of the world population will be vaccinated against Coronavirus by the middle of 2023. His assumptions are based on
Assuming there are two or more vaccines that are at least 75 percent protective against infection, three-quarters of the world’s population could be vaccinated by mid-2023, said Peter Hale, the executive director of the Foundation for Vaccine Research in the US. “That should be enough to curb the spread of infection and stall the pandemic — though not good enough to consign the virus to the dustbin of history,” Mr. Hale added.
In April, Mr. Poonawalla placed orders for 600m glass vials and other materials to prepare for mass production of the vaccine. Yet he fears that distribution in India, the country with the world’s fastest-growing coronavirus caseload, will be difficult because there is not a sophisticated cold chain system to transport the vaccine safely to its 1.4bn people. “I still don’t see a proper plan on paper to do that [in India] beyond 400m doses,” he said. “You don’t want a situation with the vaccine where you have the capacity for your country but you can’t consume it.”