Chairman of Serum Institute of India (SII), Cyrus Poonawalla while briefing the media on his organization's coronavirus vaccine Covishield on Friday said that mixing two different vaccines of COVID-19 is a very risky decision and it should be discouraged.
Poonawalla said, "I am against the mixing of vaccines. If mixing is done and results are not good then vaccine manufacturers will blame each other for results."
He added that the vaccine authorities will never give full approval of mixing as it's a risky decision and a waste of time.
Poonawalla says, "When one vaccine is working why should we mix it up and cause complications? We should completely discourage this."
He even criticized the Union government for increasing the time period between the first and second doses of the Covishield vaccine across the country.
SII chairman when was asked about the booster dose of the vaccine against the infection had said that everyone should go for the third dose after six months of taking the second dose.
He said that with the time period of six months the antibodies in the body will start reducing.
Poonawalla also informed that even he and staff at SII have also taken the third dose of the vaccine.
Lately, the Indian Institute of Medical Research (ICMR) had released a study report which showed how mixing two vaccines Covishield and Covaxin can be more benefitial.
The study which had involved 98 people, 18 of whom had unwittingly received Covishield as the first dose of vaccine and Covaxin as the second in Uttar Pradesh.