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The Jab Of Life

Covaxin’s success proves that Bharat Biotech and Dr Krishna Ella’s efforts were on the right path and that it is time to wear the ‘Made in India’ badge more confidently

It was a big day for Dr Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Biotech, when India approved Covaxin, along with Covishield, for emergency use on January 3, 2021. But the sense of glory was short-lived as it was followed by constant criticism and the various scanners that the vaccine was put under. There was also the indignation for vaccine shortage that had gripped the country. The World Health Organization’s pending approval for its emergency use only made things tougher. It seemed like people had little faith in a vaccine made in India to fight COVID-19.