COVID19 Vaccination Will Start In India In Early 2021

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Mrunal Jadhav

Pune, December 13, 2020: In India, preparations for the Covid-19 vaccine are in the final stages for stopping the spread of the deadly virus. Many pharma companies have applied for permission to use the vaccine. However, no one has been approved yet. Meanwhile, Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and Oxford-AstraZeneca have expressed hope that Indians will be vaccinated by early next year.

AstraZeneca’s India chief Gagandeep Singh gave this information on Saturday. In the 93rd annual conference of FICCI, he said that in the current state of the pandemic, vaccines will have to be made available on a wide scale and in time.

Gagandeep Singh said, “We started working with the University of Oxford in April and we are currently expecting emergency use of this vaccine and this means that the vaccine may be available in the first half of 2021.”

Earlier, Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), said that the emergency use of the corona vaccine , Covishield, may be allowed in the country by the end of this month. The vaccination campaign can begin in India in January.

Poonawalla said at a Global Business Summit that it is expected that by the end of this month, SII may get a license for emergency use of the vaccine, but will get permission for its use later. He is confident that the vaccination campaign against Corona will start in India from January 2021 as soon as the regulatory approval is granted. SII is developing the Corona vaccine in association with Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

He said that his company is preparing the Corona vaccine dose for the government as well as the private market. The central government wants to buy 30 to 40 crore doses of the vaccine by July next year. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare plans to give Covid-19 vaccine to 20 to 30 percent of the country’s population. He expressed the possibility that by October next year, most of the country’s population would be vaccinated with the corona vaccine. Only then life will be normal, he said.