Dr. Suresh Jadhav, Executive Director of the Serum Institute of India (SII), died on Wednesday at the age of 72 in Pune after a long illness, according to sources.
On Covid-19, Dr. Jadhav was a key figure in the development of the Covishield vaccine.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization, also expressed her condolences on Dr. Jadhav’s death via Twitter.
In May of this year, when the country was experiencing a severe shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, Dr. Jadhav claimed that the government began immunising people of all ages without considering the available vaccine stock or WHO guidelines.
Dr. Jadhav had said at an e-summit organised by Heal Health, a health advocacy and awareness platform, “Initially, the vaccine was to be given to 300 million people, with 600 million doses required. However, before we reached our goal, the government began offering vaccinations to anyone over the age of 45, followed by those aged 18 and up, despite the fact that vaccine was in short supply.”
Dr. Jadhav was born in a small village in Vidarbha and graduated from Nagpur University. He made significant contributions to the Covid-19 vaccine research.
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