Home / Science / Health /  Serum has applied for emergency approval of made-in-India covid vaccine: Poonawala

Adar Poonawalla has confirmed that Serum Institute of India has applied for emergency use authorisation for Covishield coronavirus vaccine. "As promised, before the end of 2020, @SerumInstIndia has applied for emergency use authorisation for the first made-in-India vaccine, COVISHIELD. This will save countless lives, and I thank the Government of India and Sri@narendramodiji for their invaluable support," the CEO of Serum Institute of India said in a tweet.

Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine producer by volume, had sought emergency use authorization in the country for AstraZeneca Plc's COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, Press Trust of India had reported earlier, citing sources.

The company applied to the Drugs Controller General of India, citing unmet medical needs due to the pandemic and in the interest of the public at large, the report said. The move comes close on the heels of Pfizer Inc applying for a similar authorization of its coronavirus vaccine in India on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Serum Institute of India facility in Pune on 28 November to review vaccine development. "Had a good interaction with the team at Serum Institute of India. They shared details about their progress so far on how they plan to further ramp up vaccine manufacturing. Also took a look at their manufacturing facility," PM Modi had tweeted.

Serum Institute, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, has entered into a collaboration with the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca to manufacture the vaccine.

This will be a landmark week for global fight against coronavirus. From Tuesday, the UK is all set to administer Pfizer Inc.’s covid vaccine while the US regulator is in all likelihood could approve the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use as early as Thursday.

According to the ICMR, the SII has already manufactured 40 million doses of the vaccine under the at-risk manufacturing and stockpiling license it obtained from the DCGI.

The Oxford covid vaccine is logistically feasible for distribution in India since it could be stored at two to eight degrees Celsius, say experts. (With Agency Inputs)

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