As the race for a safe vaccine which apparently ends the battle against the coronavirus continues, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, on Saturday, asserted that India’s first vaccine against COVID-19 could be available by the end of 2020.
Calling it an end to the most discussed question, when will a COVID-19 vaccine be ready? The central government stated that the trials of India-made vaccines would be completed by the end of this year.
While homegrown Covaxin by Bharat Biotech and ZyCov-D by Zydus Cadilla have almost completed the phase II clinical trials, Covishield, the Oxford University-Astra-Zeneca vaccine candidate will be commercialised in 73 days, confirmed a top official at the Serum Institute of India.
It was learnt that the Serum Institute of India acquired a ‘special manufacturing priority license’ and fast-tracked the trial protocol processes to get the trials completed in 58 days. After which, the final trial report will be out in another 15 days from the second dosing.
The government has also sought 68 crore doses for 130 crore Indian citizens from the Serum Institute by June next year.
According to the claims made the vaccine is likely to be commercialised in 73 days from now and that the Indians would get a free shot of coronavirus from the last week of December.
While a section of medical experts has been voicing the release date announced by pharma giants as a hoax, central government supporting the claims welcomed criticism.