India: Key to Covid Vaccines

But a richest-takes-all approach in the fight against the deadliest pandemic in living memory is bound to be counterproductive, especially for the recovery of low and middle-income countries. […] If governments cannot come together to agree on a global strategy, then the global south may need to pin its hopes on the manufacturing might of India.


When I see the word might being used for India against natural calamities and Diseases, I feel good. Vasudhev Kutumbakam.

India’s Serum Institute has already started manufacturing the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine candidate before clinical trials have even been completed. […] Serum Institute, based in Pune, is the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world and has a deal to supply 400 million doses by the end of 2020 (1 billion in total).


I pray that Oxford vaccine trials are successful.

Regarding the much-hyped Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, Adar Poonawalla, the Serum Institute’s CEO, said, “a majority of the vaccine, at least initially, would have to go to our countrymen before it goes abroad”. […] “Out of whatever I produce, 50% to India and 50% to the rest of the world”. He also said the Indian government had not objected to this idea.


50-50. How can any person or country who thinks like this, is not close to God. ( In this culture of me first, me second and me third, some would say that’s insane and foolish. )

Adar Poonawalla is a Parsi. Parsis have a very interesting history in India, particularly with the Great State of Gujarat.