Centre fast-tracks emergency use approvals for foreign-produced COVID-19 vaccines

Centre fast-tracks emergency use approvals for foreign-produced COVID-19 vaccines

Second wave of coronavirus: In a major development, the Government of India on Tuesday announced that it was fast-tracking emergency approvals for foreign-produced COVID-19 vaccines as the number of coronavirus cases has been increasing at an unprecedented rate.

The government of India stated that the “Centre fast tracks Emergency Approvals for foreign-produced COVID-19 vaccines that have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in other countries to expand the basket of vaccines for domestic use and hasten the pace and coverage of vaccination.”

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Second wave of coronavirus: Government announced that it was fast-tracking emergency approvals for foreign-produced COVID-19 vaccines.

This development aims to have more vaccines for domestic use so that the pace of COVID-19 vaccination can be boosted.

It also came hours after India approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. The approval was given by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

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Second wave of coronavirus: Government announced that it was fast-tracking emergency approvals for foreign-produced COVID-19 vaccines.

Sputnik V became the third COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by India for domestic use. Earlier, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine produced in India by the Serum Institute of India (SII) were granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by DCGI.

Second wave of coronavirus: Government announced that it was fast-tracking emergency approvals for foreign-produced COVID-19 vaccines.

The Union Health Ministry also stated that Sputnik V was indicated for active immunization in individuals ≥ 18 years of age and must be administered intramuscularly in 2 doses of 0.5 ml each with an interval of 21 days.

It has to be stored at -18°C and comprises 2 components I and II that aren’t interchangeable.

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