additional director, global strategic business development, Serum Institute of
India noted that the production of a potential Covid-19 vaccine will test the
abilities of Indian logistics to the limits due to the massive scale of
production expected and the demand it will have around the world.
He was speaking in
a webinar organized by Indian Transport & Logistics News under the topic
‘Covid-19 response: Building resilient supply chains for vaccine delivery on
Thursday, June 25, 2020.’
Parag concerned about the cost of making the vaccine reach people
around the globe
In his keynote
address, Deshmukh also raised concerns over the cost, method of transport and
air cargo capacity available to make the vaccine reach people around the globe.
As for Covid-19 coverage of population for the vaccine, it must not
leave out 10-5 percent as with the other vaccines
Covid-19 vaccine is ready we have to make it reach it till people around the
world. Even in the case of measles or polio vaccine the average coverage of the
population is around 85-90 percent, however, for Covid-19 we can’t leave out
even 10-5 percent as there is a mutation happening with the virus,” he said.
“For all these
vaccines the real cost is only around 30-40 percent while the cost for delivery
takes a larger proportion in the final cost. This is an issue particularly when
affordability will be an important concern for many countries regarding the
Covid-19 vaccine. It is going to be a huge task for logistics players. Be ready
with your capabilities to handle this. We will need a cold chain with
temperature-controlled between 2-8 degree celsius,” he continued.
The Serum Institute of India will have 2-3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine
tested by Oxford University ready by the first week of July
according to recent reports, the Serum Institute of India will have 2-3 million
doses of Covid-19 vaccine being tested by Oxford University ready by the first
week of July.
entered into an agreement with AstraZeneca to manufacture the same vaccine in