HTLS 2020: ‘Oxford Covid-19 vaccine will be priced at Rs 500-600,’ says Adar Poonawalla

Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine will be priced at Rs 500-600 Adar Poonawala, chief executive officer of Serum Institute of India told Hindustan Times on Thursday. Poonawala’s comments came during the second session of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit; Day 1, ‘Covid-19: Where Do We Stand’.

While in conversation with HT’s health and science editor Sanchita Sharma, Poonawala said that nearly 300-400 million doses of the Oxford vaccine for Covid-19 will be available by the first quarter of 2021.

Poonawala emphasised the significance of “private players” for enhanced distribution of the vaccine once it hits the market.

“As many private players will have to be brought in to partner with the government for enhanced distribution of the vaccine… we see more of that happening,” he said.

He said it will take about four more years to get everyone get vaccinated and protected from the virus.

“It will be 2024, till everybody will get vaccinated and protected,” he noted.

The opening session of the summit saw Dr Randeep Guleria, director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Dr Ashish K Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health talk about the pandemic, the road ahead for India and the breakthrough achieved by pharmaceutical giants Moderna and Pfizer with respect to the Covid-19 vaccine.

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