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Poonawalla say’s “Vaccine will Come in private market for Rs 1000, 50-60 million Covishield will by Feb.”

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Serum Institute of India (SII) chief executive Adar Poonawalla on Tuesday said there are plans to provide 50 to 60 million vials to the government either by January or February, even as 11 million doses of Covishield vaccine are currently being rolled out.

Speaking to the select media persons at the SII facility, Poonawalla said the real challenge lies in taking the vaccine to the “common man, to the vulnerable groups of people and to healthcare workers”.

“We have given priority to India. We will provide as many doses as the nation demands. Rest of the vaccine, we will export. We are getting request from Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Africa, and there are COVAX partners also,” said Poonawalla. He also added that the SII’s production capacity is bigger than the world and that is why the company is under the maximum pressure to manufacture.

“Smaller companies are taking time to bring out the vaccines. Their supply will be scaled up in Q2 and Q3. Till that time, the world will be dependent on us and we will make everyone happy by distributing the vaccine,” he said. Poonawalla further said the SII will soon start exporting the vaccine to other countries.

Responding to a query on the safety of the vaccine, he said all COVID-19 vaccines have passed all the safety parameters. “DCGI (Drugs Controller General of India) will not provide the license to a vaccine unless its efficacy and safety are not proved. All Indian vaccines are safe, effective, and it is advisable that people should take them.

“People have the right to question but I would ask people to study it, see the science behind it and it is always advisable that the vaccines should be taken to fight the disease,” he said. Poonawalla said when the manufacturing of Covishiled started in March, 2020, no one predicted that the SII would come out with the vaccine in less than a year.

“Generally, it takes 3 to 4 years to develop a vaccine,” he added. “A lot of countries are writing to the PMO and India to supply the vaccine from SII. We are trying to keep everyone happy but we have to take care of our people and population,” he added.

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Hyundai i20 crowned as Car of the Year

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Hyundai i20 has bagged  the prestigious Indian Car of the Year 2021 (ICOTY 2021) award, beating some tough contenders like the Kia Sonet, Mahindra Thar, Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Aura, Honda City, Tata Altroz, Kia Carnival and the MG Gloster.

Since its launch in the country on November 5, 2020,  the new i20 has been one of the largest-selling vehicles of Hyundai Motor India. The premium hatchback is based on the automaker’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ global design language and boasts of a plethora of segment-first and segment-best features.

The new Hyundai i20 features a parametric jewel pattern grille flanked by LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs. The front has projector fog lamps with air curtains. At the rear, you will find Z-Shaped LED tail lamps with the i20 logo. Also available are features like shark fin antenna and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.

You will come across bells and whistles like a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, multifunction steering wheel, blue ambient lighting and electric sunroof.

Among the segment best features in the new Hyundai i20 are digital cluster with TFT MID, Bose seven-speaker sound system, wireless charger with cooling pad and sliding front armrest, while the segment-first features include multi-phone Bluetooth connectivity, Oxyboost air purifier with oxygen and AQI, eco coating, iMT, OTA map updates, hill assist control, emergency stop signal and TPMS. Also, the Bluelink connectivity technology in the premium hatchback offers 50 features.

The customers get as many as three powertrain options 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine (83PS/88PS and 115Nm) with 5-speed MT or IVT automatic, 1.0-litre Kappa turbo-GDi petrol motor (120PS and 172Nm) with 6-speed iMT or 7-speed DCT automatic, and 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel mill (100PS and 240Nm) with a sole 6-speed MT.

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