Fifty employees of Bharat Biotech test COVID-19 positive; joint MD's tweet draws bouquets and brickbats
Joint MD Suchitra Ella's statement drew varied reactions on Twitter , with some users questioning why the vaccine manufacturer's employees weren't vaccinated and some lauding the company's efforts
Hyderabad: Bharat Biotech's joint managing director Suchitra Ella's tweet saying 50 of their employees tested positive for COVID-19 received bouquets and brickbats from netizens with some saying Covaxin was saving lives, while a few questioned as to why the staff were not vaccinated.
Referring to comments by some political bosses over COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin supply issues, Ella on Wednesday tweeted, "Quite disheartening to the teams to hear some states complaining about our intentions. Fifty of our employees are off work due to covid, yet we continue to work under pandemic lockdowns 24x7 for U."
Salute our Sisters & Nurses for their compassion , resilience & dedication to mankind 🙌🏼👏🏼🙏🏼 https://t.co/WDbFKmqIYO
— suchitra ella (@SuchitraElla) May 12, 2021
Reacting to her tweet, one user wrote: "How come your 50 employees down with COVID-19? Were they not vaccinated? Also, why not hire more people on temporary basis?"
"Hi just wanted to say Thank you. Both my grandparents are over 75 and took their first jab 5 weeks back, both tested COVID-19 positive 2 weeks back. Low fever were their only symptoms, tested negative today, on the road to recovery with no major issues," tweeted another netizen.
"Thank you Bharat Biotech for your hard work and commitment on delivering vaccines every corner of India," another Twitter user said.
Meanwhile, a user said, "If you say that your employees are sick of covid, it speaks volumes about efficacy of your vaccine."
Ella said as many as 18 states received Covaxin though in smaller shipments.
The Hyderabad-based firm is supplying Covaxin to 18 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand and Delhi.
The other states are Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
India logs 2,202 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, down 11.45% from day ago; daily positivity rate up at 0.74%
India now has 17,317 active cases of COVID-19, a decline of 375 cases in the active caseload in a span of 24 hours. The active cases now comprise of 0.04 per cent of the total infections
Bharat Biotech Chairman Krishna Ella said while the current vaccines are safe and effective against presently known variants, it is imperative that there is a focus on innovation for multi-epitope vaccines, where a single vaccine can protect against all future variants
Delhi had reported 377 new Covid cases and one more death on Monday, while the positivity rate was 3.37 percent