The Chief Executive Officer of the Serum Institute of India, Adar Poonawalla said he was under immense pressure over the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He also said that he was getting the phone from phone calls from the most powerful people including chief ministers, businessmen, and others for the instant supply of the vaccine.
His manufacturing facility, Serum Institute, is producing Covshield, one of two COVID-19 vaccines that are being used for mass inoculation in India.
This comes for the first time after he was given ‘Y’ category security by the government of India.
In an interview with The Times, he disclosed the aggressive phone calls and said that the most powerful people in India were demanding Covshield, which is being produced by the Serum Institute of India.
This pressure is largely responsible for his decision to go to London, he said.
“I’m staying here (London) for an extended time because I don’t want to go back to that situation. Everything falls on my shoulders but I can’t do it alone…I don’t want to be in a situation where you are just trying to do your job, and just because you can’t supply the needs of X, Y or Z you really don’t want to guess what they are going to do,” Mr. Poonawalla told the newspaper.
“The level of expectation and aggression is really unprecedented. It’s overwhelming. Everyone feels they should get the vaccine. They can’t understand why anyone else should get it before them,” he said.