Two vaccines could be eligible for emergency use in India by Jan: AIIMS chief

   By Power Corridors ,  05-Dec-2020
Two vaccines could be eligible for emergency use in India by Jan: AIIMS chief

As the UK gave its approval to the coronavirus vaccine by Pfizer for emergency use, experts said India's own vaccines could be available "almost immediately" for the public right after the phase 3 trials are over and the drug regulator is convinced of its efficacy against the Covid-19

Two coronavirus vaccine candidates that are in the phase 3 trials could be eligible for emergency use in India by January 2021, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Randeep Guleria said. Recently, the United Kingdom (UK) approved Pfizer Inc's coronavirus vaccine, jumping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to begin the most crucial mass inoculation programme in history.

As the UK gave its approval to the coronavirus vaccine by Pfizer for emergency use, experts said India's own vaccines could be available "almost immediately" for the public right after the phase 3 trials are over and the drug regulator is convinced of its efficacy against the Covid-19.

Ram Vishwakarma of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR-IIIM) said that the emergency use authorisation (EUA) procedure in India is similar to that in the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States, a report mentioned.

"Were Pfizer to apply in India to the regulator here, it could, in theory, be approved within days or weeks here, depending on whether the Drug Controller is satisfied with the data. If the situation demands, the regulator has the power to waive or recommend more tests, and doesn't necessarily require Indian data," he was quoted as saying.

PM Modi on Friday said that coronavirus vaccine could be ready for its administration in India in a few weeks and the vaccination would begin as soon as the Centre gets a go-ahead from the scientists.

Addressing an all-party meeting with the state representatives to discuss the coronavirus situation on Friday, PM Narendra Modi said the pricing of the coronavirus vaccine and its distribution are being discussed with the states.






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