New Delhi: Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila’s three-dose COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D is set to receive an emergency-use nod from the expert committee this week, sources revealed.
Last week, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya during the question hour in the Rajya Sabha had said, “The government expects that in October-November, four more Indian pharmaceutical companies will start production of indigenous vaccines that will help to meet the domestic demand, Biological E and Novartis vaccines will also be available in the market in the coming days, while Zydus Cadila will soon get an emergency use nod from Expert Committee.”
Back in July, Zydus Cadila had stated that it has officially applied for emergency use authorisation (EUA) with the Indian Drug regulator for its three-dose vaccine ZyCoV-D, and aspires to manufacture 10-12 crore doses every year.
The company has also conducted the largest clinical trial for its COVID-19 vaccine in the country so far in over 50 centers.
The EUA is also expected to be given for adults first, even though the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) had asked the Ahmedabad-based company to return with more data on its ZyCoV-D.
Previously, a Member of NITI Aayog Dr V K Paul had said during a press briefing that the DCGI is examining Zydus Cadila’s COVID-19 vaccine for children.
“ZuCoV-D is the first-ever plasmid DNA vaccine for human use, it has proven its safety and efficacy profile in our fight against COVID-19,” MD of Cadila Healthcare Dr Sharvil Patel said.
India administered 50.8 crore vaccine doses under the National Vaccination Program till August 8, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.
According to the data, 50,86,64,759 vaccine doses were administered till August 8. Out of these, 16.11 lakh doses (16,11,590) were administered on August 8, taking the total inoculations to date to 50.86 crores. The Indian government started its national vaccination drive on January 16, 2021.
Last month, India achieved another milestone in Covid-19 vaccination and overtook USA in total number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered.
With ANI Inputs