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Serum Institute To File Case Against Man Who said Vaccine Left Him Ill

Sanskriti Dalmia

Recently a man from Chennai claimed to suffer neurological breakdown after taking a dose of the vaccine trial from the serum Institute of India, based in Pune. The volunteer sent a legal notice on November 21 and sued Serum Institute for Rs 5 crore. The participant was given a dose of the vaccine at Chennai’s Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research on the 1st of October. 

The Serum Institute of India, responding to what it calls "malicious and misconceived" allegations, has said it would file a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against a Covishield coronavirus vaccine trial participant who claimed to suffer a "virtual neurological breakdown" after being administered a dose.

In a statement to NDTV on 29th November, Sunday, the Serum Institute said that while it sympathised with the volunteer's medical condition there was "absolutely no correlation with the vaccine trial and the medical condition of the volunteer". 

"The allegations in the notice are malicious and misconceived. While the Serum Institute of India is sympathetic with the volunteer's medical condition, there is absolutely no correlation with the vaccine trial and the medical condition of the volunteer. The volunteer is falsely laying the blame for his medical problems on the COVID vaccine trial. The claim is malicious because the volunteer was specifically informed by the medical team that the complications he suffered were independent of the vaccine trial he underwent. In spite of specifically being made aware of the same, he still chose to go public and malign the reputation of the company" the statement said.

The serum Institute also added by saying that they would seek at least a Rs 100 Crore defamation charges on the Chennai based volunteer.

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