In recent months, senior executives at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, have come under intense pressure as both government voices and government leaders led by opposition politicians criticize him.
Some have accused him of delaying vaccination. Some people call him a “benefactor” who does not offer the COVID-19 vaccine to the state government for free. There was a call for his company to become a nationality
In an interview with The Times of London published on Saturday, executive Adar Poonawalla described the horrific calls from India̵7;s most powerful man who created an environment so ugly he expected. To have to leave the country for a long time Plans to start producing the vaccine elsewhere.
“The ‘threat’ is an understatement,” said Punnawalla. “The level of expectation and aggression is really unprecedented.”
The interview reported that he flew to London to work with his wife and children hours before Britain banned tourists from India on April 23.
“I was here for a long time because I didn’t want to go back to that situation,” he added. But I can’t do it alone. “
The interview had caused a storm on social media, with some interpreting his interest in manufacturing outside India as a threat to his business move, and others viewed him as ousted by the outrage. His criticism
Within hours, Punnawalla wrote on Twitter that he would return to India “in a few days”.
The New York Times was not able to contact Mr Punnawalla directly on Saturday and no immediate request for comment from his company was sent.
India, the world’s leading vaccine producer, is struggling to vaccinate itself out of a crisis as a greedy second wave leaves a scene of death and despair. When the case was relatively low, the country exported more than 60 million shots on Saturday, India extended vaccination rights to anyone over 18, but several states said they were unable to meet demand due to a shortage of quantities.
Less than 2 percent of India’s 940 million adults are fully vaccinated, according to data gathered from government resources by the Our World in Data program at the University of Oxford. Several states reported a shortage of enough vaccines to cause plans in some places to expand access to all people aged 18 on Saturday.
All this made Punnawalla, a wealthy 40-year-old, the focus of an angry public.
Serum Institute last month wrote a letter to the Indian federal government’s home minister asking for safety, referring to the threat to Mr Poonawalla a few days ago the federal government said it had completed a threat assessment and It will let the police force, reserve forces protect him. On the same day, Punnawalla announced on Twitter he was unilaterally lowering the cost of the COVID vaccine so that the government could buy it at a lower price.