Questions India Faces As It Readies COVID-19 Vaccinations
Which Will Be Used?
Which vaccines will India use for immunizing its 1.35 billion population against COVID-19? Where will the money come from? Will it allow sales of these vaccines in the market? As the world’s largest democracy gets set to roll out its immunization plan, here’s a look at a few pertinent questions.
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Zydus Cadila is to begin testing a three-dose recombinant DNA vaccine candidate in Phase III Indian trials, which might enter late-stage development ahead of Inovio and AnGes. The company promised to provide 100-150 million doses by end of 2021 at the J.P. Morgan Conference, though adherence could be a roadblock.
Multiple COVID-19 vaccines, including from J&J, Pfizer and RDIF, are seen gaining approvals in India in 2021, following on from a raft of R&D, manufacturing and marketing tie-ups, as well as other developments, in the action-packed field last year.
Could Serum Institute or Bharat Biotech be the first company to have a COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12 years of age? While Pfizer and Moderna have begun pediatric trials for children 12 years and above, Serum plans to begin testing its indigenous vaccine and Bharat Biotech its Covaxin in children under 12