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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While an mRNA vaccine is still missing, 2021 saw Indian companies strike alliances, battle legal action and gain funding while the regulator played a crucial enabling role in the run up to the approval of eight COVID-19 vaccines from zero in 2020.
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