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Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

HTLS Day 1: Public will have to pay 500-600 for vaccine, says Poonawalla

AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health Dr Ashish K Jha, CEO of Serum Institute of India are the speakers of today's session on Covid-19.

By | Updated: Nov 20, 2020 00:19 IST
HTLS Day 1: Public will have to pay ₹500-600 for vaccine, says Poonawalla

The 18th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, which is being held virtually amid Covid-19 pandemic, began from November 19. The theme for this year's summit is 'Defining a New Era'. A number of politicians, business tycoons, medical experts, sports personalities are part of this year's virtual summit. The live discussions with leaders across sectors will be spread over four weeks and will be held every Thursday and Friday.

HTLS Day 1 begins with a discussion on Covid-19: Where Do We Stand. AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, Dr Ashish K Jha, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla were the speakers on the first day.

The Hindustan Times Leadership Summit started in 2003 to raise the level of discourse on critical issues, encourage interaction among leaders in important areas and present quality thought. The last seventeen summits have seen leaders from India and across the world putting across their views.

07:44 PM IST

HTLS 2020: Timeline for Oxford vaccine

Promising to allocate at least 50% of the volume of the vaccine manufactured by his company to his own countrymen to help them battle the Covid-19 infection, Poonawalla indicated that SII had plans to roll out 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by February 2020. Read.

07:34 PM IST

Father never imagined SII would be a global player one day, says Adar Poonawalla

"To see this happen in his (Cyrus Poonawalla) lifetime is the best reward for him. There were many challenges at that time," says Adar.

07:30 PM IST

Adar Poonawalla shares his learning

07:21 PM IST

What Adar Poonawalla says about the price of Oxford vaccine

07:19 PM IST

Oxford vaccine is safe: Adar Poonawalla

07:15 PM IST

300-400 million doses of Oxford vaccine to be available by first quarter of 2021

"There is no reason why we should not achieve that number," Adar Poonawalla said.

07:13 PM IST

India priority, says Serum Institute of India CEO

Serum Institute of India is not entering into any agreement with other countries at this moment as India is the priority. It has an agreement with Bangladesh

07:05 PM IST

General public will have to pay 500-600 for Oxford vaccine: Adar Poonawalla

Adar Poonawalla said Oxford vaccine will be available at 500-600 to general public. The government will get it at a much cheaper rate.

06:59 PM IST

Oxford vaccine ticks all four boxes: Adar Poonawalla

Oxford vaccine is the best as far as safety, price and storage facilities, says Poonawalla.

06:57 PM IST

Will apply for emergency authorisation in India once UK clears Oxford vaccine: Adar Poonawalla

"After the UK government clears Oxford vaccine for emergency authorisation, we will apply for it too. It will take some time, just to clarify," Adar Poonawalla said.

06:56 PM IST

We have to wait and watch: Adar Poonawalla

"In March, April, never did I imagine that the vaccines would achieve success so early. But the question is how long they would protect us against Covid-19. No one has an answer to it. We will have to wait and watch," says Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla.

06:43 PM IST

Covid-19 will be here for some more time, says AIIMS director

"It bypasses your defence mechanism. It goes to your lungs without showing any symptom. We have to be wary of this virus. We will have to live with it for some more time," Guleria said.

06:41 PM IST

30-40% Indians to be vaccinated next year: AIIMS director

The percentage of population to get inoculated will depend on the number of the vaccines getting regulatory approval and the number of shots they are producing. " I won't hazard a guess. But I would hope 30 to 40 per cent Indians get vaccinated as soon as possible," Randeep Guleria said.

06:36 PM IST

India's response to Covid-19 has been good: AIIMS director

India's response has been innovative. "The nine-month journey has shown us that India is a very resilient nation. We started with a scarcity of PPEs. We are doing millions of tests every day. We can face another pandemic. But there has to be more investment in public sector, in infrastructure," AIIMS director said.

06:34 PM IST

100% immunity is not possible: Ashish K Jha

"There have been cases of reinfections as well. At this point, we are not looking at 100% immunity. Immunity looks like pretty durable for at least eight-nine months. My guess right now is that we may have to come up with booster shot every year," said Asish K Jha.

First published: Nov 19, 2020 16:50 IST