SII's Poonawalla makes clarion call for global certification of vaccines

Updated: Sep 27 2022 11:52AM

SII's Poonawalla makes clarion call for global certification of vaccines

Singapore, Sep 27 (PTI) Multilateral organisations like the UN and the WTO should take it upon themselves to harmonise the certification of vaccines especially ahead of another pandemic as witnessed one induced by the COVID-19 virus that has badly hit the global economies, CEO of Serum Institute of India, Adar Poonawalla has said.

Making this clarion call at the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Singapore on Monday, Poonawalla said “I’m proposing it (such a certification treaty)." "Multilateral organisations such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation should take it upon themselves to harmonise the certification of vaccines," he told PTI on the sideline of the conference, adding that "the world needs it if we want to be prepared in the future".

Responding to a question on lessons learned from COVID-19, Poonawalla was quick to acknowledge the challenges of having such a proposal given the concerns of world leaders.