Poonawalla, who has been in the UK on extended stay to evade alleged threats in India over the ever-increasing demand for COVID-19 vaccines, has said he will return in a few days.
Says released over Rs 1700 crore advance payment to Serum Institute for 11 crore Covishield jabs on April 28.
Pfizer had earlier said that it had offered a not-for-profit price for its vaccine for the immunisation programme in India and it remains committed to continuing engagement with the government.
COVID vaccination: Centre says 122 crore doses needed to inoculate 59 crore people in 18-45 age group
In an affidavit filed before the top court, the Centre said vaccination is the topmost priority of the government and all efforts are being made to achieve an objective of 100% vaccination
The largest contribution will be designated to support the expansion of 2,000 beds through the installation of portable hospitals that can address the immediate healthcare needs.
With 3,23,144 people testing positive for the coronavirus in a day, India's infection tally climbed to 1,76,36,307 on Tuesday.
Serum Institute prices COVID vaccine for pvt hospitals at Rs 600/dose; for state govts at Rs 400/dose
In a statement posted on its Twitter handle, SII said it will address the limited capacity by scaling up the vaccine production over the next two months.
He also said that there will be no free vaccines for those between the age of 18 and 45 years.
India is headed towards the fourth wave of the coronavirus, which could cause irreparable damage to its population and economy. It can only be stopped by public awareness, sacrifice and cooperation.
Cumulatively, 8,70,77,474 vaccine doses have been administered through 13,32,130 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am.
Earlier this month, Nepal received 348,000 doses of Made-in-India COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX initiative.
The Bangladeshi Foreign Minister also revealed that PM Modi, as a gesture of goodwill, is giving 1.2 million vaccines as a gift and the country welcomes it.
On the face of it, India ranks third with 28.2 million or 282 lakh total doses administered.
The nationwide vaccination drive against COVID-19 was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers, while frontline workers stated receiving vaccine shots from February 2.
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