Complaint Filed Against Adar Poonawalla As ‘Antibodies Not Produced After Taking Covishield’

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), May 31, 2021: No antibodies were produced even after getting vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine, states a petition filed against Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla.


A man from Lucknow has lodged a complaint at the Asiana police station in Lucknow. Apart from Poonawalla, the complaint also names Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal, ICMR Director Balram Bhargava, National Health Mission Director Aparna Upadhyay and others.


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The complaint was lodged by Pratap Chandra. According to him, he had taken the first dose of the Covishield vaccine on April 8. While the second dose of the vaccine was expected to be received after 28 days, the duration of the second dose was extended by six weeks. The government then extended the period between the two doses upto 12 weeks.


Chandra has said that he did not feel well after taking the first dose. He cited a statement by ICMR Director Balram Bhargava in which Bhargava had said that antibodies were produced in the body after taking the first dose of the Covishield vaccine.


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When Chandra tested for antibodies in a government-run lab, it was discovered that his body was not ready with antibodies to fight Covid.


The police have received the complaint but no FIR has been registered. The police said that they have informed the senior officers about the sensitivity of the case. Meanwhile, Chandra has warned that if the police do not file an FIR, he will go to court.


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