On everybody's mind: COVID-19 vaccines, Elon Musk’s Tesla and WhatsApp

Serum Institute of India (SII) dispatched millions of doses of Covishield vaccine to multiple locations across India.

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Harish Vadde

On everybody's mind: COVID-19 vaccines, Elon Musk’s Tesla and WhatsApp

Wednesday January 13, 2021,

4 min Read

Good morning!

Early yesterday morning, Serum Institute of India began dispatching the first batches of its COVID-19 vaccine Covishield to several cities across India, ahead of the government’s January 16 immunisation drive to 30 crore people. 

On Tuesday morning, as the temperature-controlled trucks loaded with Covishield, the Indian variant of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, left the SII gates in Pune, CEO Adar Poonawalla rightly called it a “historic moment” and an emotional one for him and his team.

The excitement and sense of purpose was palpable as the airlines, state and central government officials, local police, and airport and local authorities all came together to ensure the safe transportation of the vaccines in multiple locations.

They were all one with Adar Poonawalla in recognising this as a historic moment in the fight against the coronavirus.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling it the world’s largest inoculation programme, the government has already ordered 11 million doses, which will be first administered to frontline and healthcare workers. 

Tesla in India

Tesla has finally arrived in India. Elon Musk’s electric vehicle giant has made its much-awaited entry and registered its India subsidiary — Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Limited — in Bengaluru, reveal RoC filings.

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Elon Musk

This comes after several indications of a Tesla foray into India by Elon Musk — starting way back in 2018. Last year, he confirmed his plans to expand to India by 2021, and the launch of Tesla’s newest unit in India will, no doubt, bolster India’s plans to become a global EV manufacturing hub in the next five years. 

The Interview 

Multinational human resource consulting firm Randstad’s India CEO Paul Dupuis has come a long way, from having to sleep on a park bench to becoming a corporate honcho. What was supposed to be a six-month stint in Asia turned into a 30-year adventure for Paul, with his career arc spanning management consulting to recruitment roles, to becoming a CEO.

Here are some key takeaways you shouldn’t miss out on:

  • Lessons from Canada
  • Focusing on the job at hand
  • Paul Dupuis’ leadership principles
  • On writing about critical aspects of leadership

Startup Spotlight

SaaS startup GetNatty pivoted to roll out video-first shopping app amid lockdown

When the country was under lockdown and shopping spaces were closed, buyers and sellers were forced to find alternative means to connect. This led Kaizad Hansotia and Bheshaj Joshi to pivot GetNatty to develop a video-first shopping app. GetNatty.Live aims to position itself as a brand and sector-agnostic, vertical SaaS live video shopping solution.

GetNatty snapshot

News & Updates

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