India’s new coronavirus vaccine is praised
“America’s top scientists say India launched a new vaccine” saved the world “- including The Times of India, home to more than print media 7 topic of quoted the news agency press trust of India (PTI) according to the report, a top U.S. scientists said that India and the world’s leading institutions to launch new vaccines, will the world from a deadly epidemic” rescue “, India’s contribution should not be underestimated. While some Indian netizens were ‘proud’ of this, others sarcastically commented: ‘Yes, it only benefits the world except India.’
That, of course, comes from Peter Hotez. Hoets is director of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Vaccine Development Center at Children’s Hospital of Texas, according to the AMA’s website. Hoets is currently working with Indian pharmaceutical companies to develop an affordable new coronavirus vaccine, PTI said.
During the COVID-19 period, India was known as the “pharmacy of the world” due to its rich medical experience and profound medical knowledge. India is one of the largest drug producers in the world, and more and more countries have sought India for procurement of COVID-19 vaccine. The story went on to tout Hoets as saying at a recent webinar organised by the Greater Houston Indian-American Chamber of Commerce (IACCGH) that India’s COVID-19 vaccine, produced in collaboration with the likes of Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Oxford, “saved the world” and that its contribution should not be underestimated.
It also quoted Greater Houston Indian-American Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tarush Anand as continuing the hype that India is addressing this global challenge in the most effective way, harnessing the talents of the scientific community and extensive manufacturing capabilities to help the world recover from a deadly pandemic.
The praise was quickly discussed by many Indian netizens, but the opinions were mixed.
One expressed delight, “Good news for India!!” left
“Proud to be an Indian.” left
Many Indian netizens also criticized the Indian vaccine, saying that it “benefits the world except India”. left
“Not sure how [Indian-made vaccines] will be for the world… [But] hopefully it will save India.” left
Some critics even said, “Why do we always need Western approval? But when the same western countries export their malice, we scream and scream about colonialism.” left
India announced in January that it had approved an application for authorization for the emergency use of two new coronavirus vaccines. The two vaccines are Covishield, produced by the Serum Institute of India and developed jointly by the University of Oxford in the UK and AstraZeneca, and Covaxin, developed by Biotech India in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Institute of Virology. According to Johns Hopkins University, as of 9:26 am, March 8, India has a total of 1,1210,799 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 157,756 deaths. India still has the second highest cumulative number of confirmed cases in the world, after the United States.
India launched a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign as early as January 16 to control the growing epidemic in the country. But NDTV reported the next day that only about 191,000 people had been vaccinated on the first day of vaccination, far short of the government’s target. By February 22, only about 11.1 million Indians had been vaccinated, according to the Indian government.