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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Serum Institute of India (STI), the world's largest vaccine producer, has urged countries waiting for covid-19 immunizers to be "patient" after being told to prioritize India's "enormous needs."

The STI "has been directed to prioritize India's enormous needs and along with that balance, the needs of the rest of the world," the institute's representative Adar Poonawalla wrote on Twitter on Sunday, February 21st. He did not clarify where the order came from or if these are new directions.

Responsible for 60 percent of the world's vaccines before the pandemic . . .

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