Vaccine Giant Says Told To Prioritise India
New Delhi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Feb, 2021 ) :The world's biggest vaccine maker, India's Serum Institute, has urged other countries to be "patient" about it supplying anti-coronavirus shots, saying it has been instructed to prioritise its home market.
"Dear countries & governments, as you await #COVISHIELD supplies, I humbly request you to please be patient," Serum chief Adar Poonawalla tweeted on Sunday.
"@SerumInstIndia has been directed to prioritise the huge needs of India and along with that balance the needs of the rest of the world. We are trying our best." Serum, from its sprawling facility in Pune in western India, is producing hundreds of millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Poonawalla did not say who had told the firm to prioritise India, or whether the instructions were new.
The problems however are thought to lie more with not enough people coming forward for the vaccinations rather than problems with supplies of the shots.