Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday spoke to CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), Adar Poonawalla, who informed that the vaccine for COVID-19 will be ready by October-November this year.
Patnaik discussed with Poonawalla over a video call on the progress of Covid vaccine which is developed by the Oxford University and pharma giant AstraZeneca and is to be manufactured in India by SII.
The Chief Minister expressed happiness that SII has partnered with Oxford University to develop the Covid vaccine and sought Poonawalla’s cooperation to begin early vaccination for COVID-19 in Odisha.
Poonawalla said that the Oxford University vaccine has shown promising results in the first phase trial. In India, the next phase trial will start in mid-August and the vaccine will be ready by October-November this year, he added.
Patnaik said that the State Government will be in touch with the Serum Institute for this purpose and also applauded the philanthropic activities carried out by Poonawalla who appreciated the former for the initiatives taken by the State Government to contain coronavirus in Odisha.