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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Moderna is speculated to be in talks with Indian firms, including Wockhardt and a Tata group company, for manufacturing and/or marketing its COVID-19 vaccine. A deal in India could help the company meet its obligation to supply COVAX but Moderna is likely to choose its partner carefully.
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.