The Oxford coronavirus vaccine is “safe and immunogenic”, the Serum Institute of India has asserted today, battling a massive controversy over a trial volunteer in Chennai alleging adverse effects including “virtual neurological breakdown, memory loss and behavioral changes”.
In a statement, the Adar Poonawalla-led Serum Institute also defended its legal notice to sue the volunteer, saying it was sent to “safeguard the reputation of the company which is being unfairly maligned.”
The vaccine-maker, calling the volunteer’s allegations “malicious and misconceived”, is prepping to file a ₹ 100 crore defamation suit. Some experts have expressed concern over what they see as an attempt to intimidate the trial participant.
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