India likely to approve AstraZeneca vaccine by next week
NEW DELHI: India is likely to approve Oxford/AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use by next week after its local manufacturer submitted additional data sought by authorities, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
This could be the first country to give the regulatory green light for the British drugmaker’s vaccine as the British medicine regulator continues to examine data from the trials.
India, the world’s biggest vaccine-making country, wants to start inoculating its citizens next month and is also considering emergency use authorisation applications for vaccines made by Pfizer Inc and local company Bharat Biotech.
Getting vaccines to the world’s second-most populous country with one of the highest infection rates will also be a big step in the battle against the pandemic.
The AstraZeneca-Oxford shot is considered vital for lower-income countries and those in hot climates because it is cheaper, easier to transport and can be stored for long periods at normal fridge temperatures.
India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) first reviewed the three applications on Dec. 9 here and sought more information from all the companies, including from Serum Institute of India (SII), which is making the AstraZeneca shots.
India has not yet signed a vaccine supply deal with any company, but SII has already stockpiled more than 50 million doses of the AstraZeneca shot and plans to make a total of 400 million doses by July.
Hope the vaccines will be available for common man soon.
The report rate says infection rate in india is highest. Thats a lie. The infection rate in indis much lower than US and UK.
May be give vaccine for free for underprivileged.. But not for those who are able to spend above 2000rs in liquor shops monthly..
We can't develope our own since nation is more interested in Mandir masjid gaay gobar...our cheap labor will be utilised by foreign company to manufacture their products....
When UK where the vaccine originated is yet to approve it why so hurry.
Good News finally
Maderna is way better than than pfiser and astazeneca .
I hope india wont rush intoit. No other country have approved oxford yet.
India should also pursue other leading vaccine candidates to be on the safer side.
Why it's so slow approval process? Babus waiting for Bribe money as usual?
It is interesting a UK based company has not been able to get it approved in the UK till now but will be approved in India.
Go for Bharat Biotech vaccine. This oxford thing is a dud.
I think going with AstraZeneca is not such a great idea.
UK itself is not using this vaccine.
We are subjects for testing this vaccine?
Ayub Ali Khan
By the time India approveds any vaccine of Corona , it will go by it self
With only 62% efficacy , this is not preferred...Better wait for Covan/Covishield which is supposed to have 90% efficacy...
These are likely to come within a month or so.
Why has this vaccine not been approved anywhere in the world? Because it's efficacy and safety data is dubious! Serum Institute Lobby is pushing to get this vaccine approved in India since they have a huge number of doses lying useless in there warehouse! God save us from this wrath!