As Delhi detected a monkeypox virus case in a 34-year-old man raising concerns, Serum Institute chief Adar Poonawalla said if there was a bigger outbreak of monkeypox cases in India, his company was ready to import a few million doses of a Danish smallpox vaccine. . Smallpox vaccines can be used to treat monkeypox. Adar Poonawalla also said his company was willing to use its own funds to purchase the Danish smallpox vaccine, made by Danish company Bavarian Nordic, to vaccinate Indians against the monkeypox virus.

Adar Poonawalla said his company was in talks with the Danish smallpox vaccine manufacturing company, but if India were to stockpile a few million doses of the vaccine, “it’s a decision the Union government will have to take”.

“…should we, like other nations, start stockpiling a small amount, just a few million doses of vaccine. I am prepared to import it at risk at my expense, initially, in small volumes. Eventually, the government will have to decide on health policy,” Poonawalla said.

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Adar Poonawalla said that in the event of an emergency, “we could always do the full finish of the product made by this company. This would give Indians access without any safety issues – since the vaccine is proven. To make it from from zero it will take some time.The bulk supply should be enough to handle.

Adar Poonawalla spoke with NDTV. The vaccine maker also said the vaccine to treat monkeypox cases will be made as affordable as possible, although no cost has yet been decided.

While importing the Danish smallpox vaccine is on the cards, the Serum Institute is also exploring the development of a new messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine against the monkeypox virus. This is done with Novavax. However, manufacturing a vaccine could take more than a year.

“We are talking to Novovax. We really need to see if there will be a lot of demand or if in three to four months it will die out,” Poonawalla told NDTV.

Monkeypox has been around for decades, so Adar Poonawalla said it’s no mystery that cases are coming up.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday declared monkeypox a global public health emergency. It was the highest alarm the WHO could sound. The WHO also said the fast-spreading monkeypox epidemic could be stopped.

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