Eight COVID-19 Vaccines Approved In India In 2021, mRNA Addition Awaited
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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