Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Home News Reports Serum Institute of India says that news reports claiming availability of Coronavirus vaccine Covishield...

Serum Institute of India says that news reports claiming availability of Coronavirus vaccine Covishield in 73 days is misleading

The central government will procure the vaccines directly from Serum Institute of India and has sought 68 crore doses from Serum Institute by June next year.

Serum Institute of India has issued a statement saying that news reports claiming that the country’s first coronavirus vaccine ‘Covishield’ – developed by the Oxford University- AstraZeneca will be commercialised in 73 days is misleading. The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer said that phase-3 trials for the vaccine are still underway, and they will officially confirm it’s availability.

According to reports, a senior official of Serum Institute of India was quoted as saying that the government has given the company a ‘special manufacturing priority license’ and fast-tracked the trial protocol processes to get the trials completed in 58 days. The company has entered into an exclusive agreement with AstraZeneca to sell the vaccine in India and 92 other countries.

“By this, the first dosing will take place today [Saturday] in the final phase [Phase III] and the second dosing will happen after 29 days. The final trial report will be out in another 15 days from the second dosing. By that time, we are planning to commercialise Covishield,” the official was quoted as saying.

The phase III trials of the vaccine began on August 22 in Pune and Mumbai in Maharashtra and Ahmedabad in Gujarat. In this phase, the vaccine will be administered to 1,600 people.

The phase III trials of the vaccine are being handled by the Serum Institute of India. Earlier, the third phase trials were expected to take at least 7-8 months.

Govt to planning immunise for free

The government of India is planning to immunise for free under the National Immunisation Programme (NIP) as is the case with all other vaccines under the programme. The central government will procure the vaccines directly from SII and has sought 68 crore doses from Serum Institute by June next year.

In addition to Serum Institute’s vaccine, trials are also going on for ICMR-Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxine‘ and Zydus Cadila’s ‘ZyCoV-D‘ for the country’s first coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine candidates being developed by Bharat Biotech, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and Zydus Cadila, are in human clinical trials in phase-I and II simultaneously.

Earlier, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had expressed hope saying that India will get a coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. “The world is working towards discovering a vaccine. 26 vaccine candidates around the world are in the clinical trials phase. Apart from this, there are 139 candidates that are being developed on different levels and in pre-clinical trials,” Union Health Minister had said.

The Minister had said that the vaccine candidates in India have made a little more progress than them. Three of them have reached the first, second and third phases respectively, the Health Minister said.

It may be noted that whichever vaccine is found effective in the world, there is a high possibility that a bulk of it will be manufactured in India. India is the vaccine capital of the world, which makes around 60-70% of the total vaccine manufactured globally. Serum Institute of India is the largest vaccine manufacturer, which has already started manufacturing and stockpiling the Oxford virus, which will be ready to be shipped if the trial is successful. The company plans to make 1 billion doses of the vaccine in one year.

Note: The report has been updated with additional information

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

 

Related Articles

Trending now

Red Fort attack: Dear ‘liberals’, here is how a little understanding of physics can help you

The underlying message of holding a parallel parade on Republic Day was always clear. They wanted to showcase a parallel power center on the streets, a republic of mob rule.

The mayhem on Republic Day was planned by these ‘farmer leaders’. Here is how they are lying

From Yogendra Yadav to Rakesh Tikait to Darshan Pal: How the 'farmer leaders' egged the 'farmers' to run a riot on Republic Day

Red Fort Insurrection: Deep Sidhu, his Khalistani links, role in violence and how ‘liberals’, who made him a hero, are now using him to...

Opposition leaders who had supported Deep Sidhu saying it is a farmer are now alleging he is linked to BJP

Delhi Police register FIRs against ‘farmer leaders’ including Yogendra Yadav, 200 rioters detained so far

The Delhi Police have filed 22 FIRs so far. Over 200 rioters have been detained.

Conspiracy theorist Subramanian Swamy floats a new theory, toes ‘liberals’ line to claim Red Fort siege was a PMO plot

Subramanian Swamy has furthered the left propaganda that Red Fort siege was carried out at the behest of the PMO

NDTV’s Sreenivasan Jain and the art of downplaying ‘chhota mota’ violence

As NDTV journalist Sreenivasan Jain attempts to trivialise the violence and the vandalism that took place on Republic Day, here is low-down of his past shenanigans

Recently Popular

Protesting mob enters Red Fort, unfurl the Sikh flag, Terrorist outfit SFJ had demanded Khalistani flag to be hoisted: Details

The protestors have hoisted the flag on Red Fort that appears to be the Sikh Flag. Some believe it is the Khalistan Flag.

‘Flag of Khalistan is waving on Red Fort,’ ‘Historic Moment’: All Pakistan Muslim League celebrates “Black Day” for India

The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) is celebrating the hoisting of the 'Khalistan Flag' at Red Fort on Republic Day.

Here is how Congress and trolls tried to paint a Khalistani accused of spearheading the Red Fort siege as a ‘sanghi’

Deep Sidhu is accused of being responsible for the hoisting of the Sikh flag at Red Fort on Republic Day.

Rajdeep Sardesai lies twice, says ‘farmer’ was killed because the police shot him in the head: Here is the truth

In this way, those who had shared the fake news once would live under the false impression that it was indeed a case of police firing.

Watch: Protestors throw away Tricolour, place Sikh flag on top of flag pole at Red Fort

Disturbing visuals emerge from the tractor rally on Republic Day.

Protesting ‘farmer’ spends Rs 35 lakh to modify his tractor for Republic Day rally

The modified tractor is fitted with huge wheels. It is said to withstand heavy rain and water cannon charge.
- Advertisement -

 

Red Fort attack: Dear ‘liberals’, here is how a little understanding of physics can help you

The underlying message of holding a parallel parade on Republic Day was always clear. They wanted to showcase a parallel power center on the streets, a republic of mob rule.

The mayhem on Republic Day was planned by these ‘farmer leaders’. Here is how they are lying

From Yogendra Yadav to Rakesh Tikait to Darshan Pal: How the 'farmer leaders' egged the 'farmers' to run a riot on Republic Day

Red Fort Insurrection: Deep Sidhu, his Khalistani links, role in violence and how ‘liberals’, who made him a hero, are now using him to...

Opposition leaders who had supported Deep Sidhu saying it is a farmer are now alleging he is linked to BJP

‘Farmer leaders’ start blame game after running riots in Delhi, claim some groups conspired with govt to create violence

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has played blame game. It has stated that they have nothing to do with violent elements that ran riots at Red Fort.

Delhi Police register FIRs against ‘farmer leaders’ including Yogendra Yadav, 200 rioters detained so far

The Delhi Police have filed 22 FIRs so far. Over 200 rioters have been detained.

Conspiracy theorist Subramanian Swamy floats a new theory, toes ‘liberals’ line to claim Red Fort siege was a PMO plot

Subramanian Swamy has furthered the left propaganda that Red Fort siege was carried out at the behest of the PMO

NDTV’s Sreenivasan Jain and the art of downplaying ‘chhota mota’ violence

As NDTV journalist Sreenivasan Jain attempts to trivialise the violence and the vandalism that took place on Republic Day, here is low-down of his past shenanigans

Visuals show Red Fort Ticket Counter completely destroyed by ‘farmer’ protestors on Republic Day

Protesters had seized the Red Fort during violent protest on 26th January and had unfurled a Sikh flag atop it.

‘Bring Lathis, flags to save your land,’ video of ‘Farmer’ leader Rakesh Tikait asking his supporters to be armed goes viral

Rakesh Tikait was seen in a video misleading farmers by saying their land will be snatched, and asked them to be armed with lathis

Tractor rally: Rioting mob vandalised Ram Mandir and Kedarnath tableaux from Republic Day parade

Rioting mob on Tuesday not only desecrated the Red Fort and tried to kill the Delhi Police personnel but also vandalised the tableau from the Republic Day parade.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
23,000SubscribersSubscribe