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India Is Looking For Four More COVID19 Vaccines Says Health Ministry

Mumbai: India’s Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday that four more COVID-19 vaccines are in the national regulatory pipeline. These include vaccines developed by Zydus Cadilla, Sputnik-V of Russia, Biological E and Genova.

Zydus Cadilla completed Phase 2 clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine in December of last year and was approved for Phase 3. Similarly, phase 2 clinical trials of Russia’s Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine are also awaited and phase 3 trials are being carried out by its Indian partner Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.

In the case of Biological E, phase 1 clinical trials of its vaccine began in December and Phase 2 is expected to begin in March. Genova’s RnA-based COVID-19 vaccine is currently in Phase I, with Phase 2 clinical trials expected to begin in March of this year.

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American Pharma giant Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine will cost Rs 2,800 for two doses, while Moderna’s will cost anywhere between Rs 2,300 to Rs 2,700 per dose. A vaccine developed by China has been priced at Rs 5,600 per dose, while another Chinese vaccine will be made available in India at Rs 1,200 per dose.

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sputnik-V, Russia, will cost Rs 734 per dose, while the one developed by Johnson & Johnson is also expected to be priced at Rs 734 per dose.

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the Government of India is buying the COVID-19 vaccine covishield of Oxford University and AstraZeneca from Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) for Rs 200 per dose.

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He said that Covaxin, a coronavirus vaccine from Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, is being purchased by the Indian government at a cost of Rs 206 per dose. The vaccine was developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV). The centre is purchasing 38 lakh doses of Covaxin and the remaining 12 lakh doses will be available for free.

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