Short of shots: Where does India stand currently on vaccine supply?


As India desperately tries to control a deadly second wave of the novel Coronavirus amid warnings of a third wave, many experts have said that fast vaccination is the only long-term solution for India. However, vaccination numbers have been falling of late because of inefficient planning as well as a dearth of supply. ET takes a look at what the two vaccine producers of India — Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech — thought they could supply to the country and where the actual supplies stand.

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What They Said

“We will start producing 20 million doses of Covaxin a month by June end from the current 15 million”

— Krishna Ella, MD, Bharat Biotech

Will ramp up capacity to 700 million doses a year by 2022

“Manufactured 40 million doses of Covishield at risk in Jan 2021”

— Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India

The company plans to produce 400 million doses by the end of 2021 and provide 300 million doses to the govt and private hospitals by July 2021

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