The vaccine challenge
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India, Nov. 23 -- Since 2020 has been "a lost year", engulfed as it has been by the pandemic, many are looking forward to 2021 as "the year of the vaccine." And when it comes to India, a year would still fall short of inoculating its people. As Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of the Serum Institute of India, which is the world's largest vaccine manufacturer and will be rolling out the Oxford vaccine, predicted that it could take till 2024 to secure all Indians. If containing the virus is level 1 of the challenge, vaccinating people against it is level 2 indeed. The toughest, of course, would be devising the logistics of the supply chain, ensuring the safety of the vials, avoidance of wastage and lining up trained health workers to administer the...
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