COVID-19 vaccine makers Cyrus Poonawalla, Krishna Ella, Suchitra Ella awarded Padma Bhushan – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi, COVID-19 vaccine makers Cyrus Poonawalla, Krishna Ella and Suchitra Ella have been awarded Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian award, on Tuesday. The awards were announced on the eve of Republic Day. Poonawalla’s Serum Institute of India manufactures COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, while Bharat Biotech of Krishna Ella and Suchitra Ella produces India’s indigenous coronavirus vaccine Covaxin. Subbanna Ayyappan, Ajai Kumar Sonkar, Sanjaya Rajaram, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Aditya Prasad Dash, Moti Lal Madan, Anil Kumar Rajvanshi and Jyantkumar Maganlal Vyas have been awarded Padma Shri under the science and technology…

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SII chairman Cyrus Poonawalla says booster dose of Covishield desirable – ET HealthWorld

The ideal gap between two doses of Covishield is two months and another dose of the vaccine should be taken after six months, the Serum Institute of India (SII) chairman Cyrus Poonawalla said here on Friday. Asked about a report in the medical journal Lancet that antibodies against coronavirus created by Covishield, the vaccine manufactured by the SII, decrease after some time, Poonawalla told reporters that it was true that the antibodies decrease, but “memory cells” remain. “After six months, the antibodies go down and that is why I have…

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Serum Institute’s Cyrus Poonawalla says mixing vaccine is a bad, bad idea – ET HealthWorld

Cyrus Poonawalla, chairman of the Serum Institute of India, is opposed to the mixing of Covishield and Covaxin that is currently under proposal. India’s drug regulator had recently approved a study to be conducted by the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore on mixing of COVID-19 vaccines Covaxin and Covishield — to be tested on 300 healthy volunteers. An expert committee of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation had recommended granting permission for the study. There is no need to mix the doses, Poonawalla said, adding that if something goes wrong…

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Had To Fall At Bureaucrats’ Feet 50 Years Ago, But Red-Tape, Licence Raj Came Down Under Modi Govt: Poonawalla

Recalling how the industry used to face “hardships” in securing permissions and “harassment from bureaucrats” 50 years ago, chairman of the city-based vaccine maker Serum Institute of India (SII), Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, on Friday hailed the Modi government saying that red-tapism and licence raj have come down under its rule.           He also said that in the past, he had to “fall at the feet” of bureaucrats and drug controllers in order to get permissions, and added that the situation has changed now, which resulted in…

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