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

Press Trust of India May 13, 2021 18:07:13 IST
Fifty employees of Bharat Biotech test COVID-19 positive; joint MD's tweet draws bouquets and brickbats

An illustration of the COVAXIN COVID-19 vaccine. Image: Bharat Biotech

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.

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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."

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.

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