Pandemic Perspectives: 20-Plus Vaccines In Development As India Tackles COVID-19 Surge
Will Exports Resume In August?
From mRNA to subunit vaccines, Indian companies have 20 COVID-19 vaccine candidates, while three have already been approved. An August nod for Biological E could not just cut down time to immunize the country's population but also allow exports to resume.
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Cipla is no novice in the vaccines segment and a potential link up for Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or with other firms could add an important lever in the 80-plus year-old Indian firm’s overall strategic thrust. Management has all along maintained a positive tone for coronavirus vaccine alliances.
Moderna's mRNA-1273 vaccine prevented significant illness after two doses in all patients in the TeenCOVE trial, ages 12-18. The company will submit the data to global regulators in June. Meanwhile, J&J has applied for the Japanese approval of its vaccine, Moderna progresses plans in Korea, and India plans to ramp up vaccine supplies.
As the B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV-2 spreads to countries including the UK and US after having caused havoc in India, vaccine effectiveness against this variant is under the lens with breakthrough cases reported post full vaccination. Meanwhile, CEPI’s offer to help in testing against variants has potential to harmonize assessment of COVID-19 vaccines performance.