Coronavirus | Adar Poonawalla announces financial support to cover quarantine costs for students traveling abroad
While Covishield has yet to be cleared by drug regulators in some countries around the world, Serum Institute of India (SII) chief executive Adar Poonawalla said on Thursday he would support students with the costs. additional they would be likely to incur during a trip abroad despite being vaccinated.
âDear students traveling abroad, as a few countries have not yet approved COVISHIELD as an acceptable vaccine for traveling without quarantine, you may have to incur costs. I have set aside 10 crore for this, apply below for financial support if needed, âMr Poonawalla said in a tweet.
The recently announced #UnlockEducation program on NDTV aims to provide financial assistance to Indian students studying abroad.
âI remain fully committed to helping Indian students self-quarantine in the UK when they arrive for their graduate studies. The new Amber List rules make it clear that Indian students will still need to be quarantined, albeit in a location of their choosing. They can therefore still incur substantial costs. I made a personal contribution of 10 crore (Â£ 1million), âsaid Mr Poonawalla, announcing his philanthropic gesture.
In total, 16 of the 27 countries of the European Union, including France and Germany, recognize Covishield, the India-made version of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization.