Four More COVID-19 Vaccines Being Developed: Health Ministry

By moGossip Team Jan 13, 2021  


Four more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed and their manufacturers may approach the drug controller for emergency use authorisation, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said Zydus Cadila, Sputnik V, Biological E and Gennova are other vaccines that are currently in an advanced clinical trials stage in India.

"In the coming days you may see some of these vaccines too approaching the drug controller for emergency use authorisation," Mr Bhushan said.

Elaborating further, Mr Bhushan said Zydus Cadilla completed Phase 2 clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine in December and has been granted approval for Phase 3.

Similarly, Phase 2 clinical trials of Russia's Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine have also concluded, and Phase 3 trials are being carried out by its Indian partner Dr Reddy's laboratories, he said.

In the case of Biological E, Mr Bhushan said the Phase 1 clinical trials of its vaccine started in December and Phase 2 is expected to begin in March.

Gennova's M-RnA-based COVID-19 vaccine is currently in Phase 1 with Phase 2 clinical trials likely to begin in March of this year, he said.

Mr Bhushan said Pfizer-BioNTech is available at ₹ 1,431 per dose, Moderna at ₹ 2,348 to ₹ 2,715 per dose, Sinopharm at ₹ 5,650 per dose, Sinovac Biotech at ₹ 1,027 per dose, Novavax at ₹ 1,114 per dose, Gamaleya Centre at less than ₹ 734 per dose and Johnson and Johnson at ₹ 734 per dose.

All these vaccines, except the one by Pfizer, can be stored between 2-8 degrees Celsius. Pfizer needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius, he added.India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 with priority to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.

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