After the approval of two vaccines in India, the politics is in full swing. Meanwhile, a big statement has come from Bharat Biotech MD Krishna Ella. He said that the vaccine is being politicized by some people, I want to state clearly that no member of my family is associated with any political party. Therefore, there should be no politics on this.
MD Krishna Alla said that we are not doing clinical trials only in India. We have conducted clinical trials in more than 12 countries including the UK. We are also doing clinical trials in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and other countries. Let us know that Kovaxin of Bharat Biotech has been approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for emergency use. On this, the opposition has alleged that this approval has been given in haste.
Have a good experience of making a vaccine
Taking a dig at the critics, Krishna Ella said that the approval has been given based on the conditions laid down by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) 2019. We are not a company with no experience in making vaccines. We have a lot of experience in making vaccines. We are working for 123 countries. We are the only company with such experience. So do not raise any questions on our vaccine.
Alla said that many people are saying that there is no transparency in our data. Such people should be restrained and the articles published about data on the Internet should be read. So far, more than 70 articles have been published in international journals.
The US does not even have this facility
Dr Krishna Alla said that it is a matter of pride that we have an only BSL-3 production facility in the whole world. The US also does not have this facility. We are here to help public health emergency in the world, no matter what it is. On the third phase trial, he said that it will expire in the next two-three days and the data will be available by February or March.
He said Merck’s Ebola vaccine never completed a human clinical trial, but WHO had allowed emergency experiments for Liberia and Guinea. Krishna Ella said that right now we have 200 million doses. We are aiming to achieve 7 crore dosage capacity in four centres. Three of them are in Hyderabad and one is in Bangalore. Initially, the price of the vaccine may be slightly higher.
Why are leaders raising questions in India?
On Monday, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor wrote in a tweet that your statement that it will not have adverse effects is pleasing. But you are saying ‘it is likely to work’, ‘it will be as effective as other vaccines’, it does not give assurance.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor further wrote that the possibility can be decided only if the phase of the clinical trial is also three.
Now in this, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has said that the phase three trial of Bharat Biotech’s Covaccine is yet to be done, so why was it granted permission before that. Some other leaders including Shashi Tharoor also questioned this and called it dangerous.
Modi government replied.
BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said in a media interaction on Monday that after the vaccine, 2 species are very upset. One coronavirus and the other Congress party. From time to time, we have seen the Congress changing into mutant variety, the Congress keeps wearing a fierce form.
Sambit Patra said that the kind of politics that is happening in the country about the vaccine at this time, nothing can be sad and painful. UN is happy with India till WHO, but not Congress and Samajwadi Party. The Opposition is putting up such topics so that this invention of vaccine can be proved small.
Do not trust India?
The BJP spokesperson said that party president JP Nadda has also said that the Congress and the opposition who are doing politics on this, should make self-determination as to why they behave in this manner. Sambit Patra said that Akhilesh Yadav is saying that I will not get the BJP vaccine. What is the BJP’s vaccine? They do not trust India.