Hopefully DCGI will give EUA for Oxford's vaccine immediately after MHRA nod, says Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

On Monday, Adar Poonawalla had said that by January, Serum Institute will have 100 million doses. It already has 40 million doses.
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Biocon Limited Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Tuesday said hopefully drugs regulator DCGI will give Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it gets approval from the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

"100 million doses by January," says Adar Poonawalla On Oxford Vaccine - hopefully DCGI will give EUA immediately after MHRA in December to start vaccination in India which is the need of the hour," Mazumdar-Shaw said in a tweet.

On Monday, Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, had said that by January, the Iinstitute will have 100 million doses. It already has 40 million doses.

He had also expressed happiness at pharma major AstraZeneca's announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been found to be 70 percent effective on average.

Serum is conducting clinical trials of Oxford University-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine candidate in India.

On Monday, AstraZeneca had said one dosing regimen showed vaccine efficacy of 90 percent when the vaccine was given as a half-dose followed by a full dose at least one month apart, while another dosing regimen showed 62 percent efficacy when given as two full doses at least one month apart.

"The combined analysis from both dosing regimens resulted in an average efficacy of 70 percent," it had said.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (Image Courtesy: Google Images)

AstraZeneca also said it is making rapid progress in manufacturing with a capacity of up to three billion doses of the vaccine in 2021 on a rolling basis, pending regulatory approval.

"The vaccine can be stored, transported, and handled at normal refrigerated conditions for at least six months and administered within existing healthcare settings," it added.

India saw 37,975 new coronavirus infections in a day taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to 91.77 lakh, while recoveries crossed 86 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

(Disclaimer: Additional background information has been added to this PTI copy for context)

Edited by Megha Reddy

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