Coronavirus India Highlights: Drug firm Zydus Cadila on Saturday said they hope to produce 1 crore doses of its Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D by October, news agency PTI reported. It further said that the company is hoping to start supplying vaccine doses by the middle to end of September, adding that the pricing of the dose will be announced in the next one or two weeks.
“Post the emergency use authorisation, now we will work closely with the regulatory authorities to work on the pricing and modality of delivery of the doses of our vaccine. In next one or two weeks we will have better clarity on the pricing,” Zydus Group Managing Director Sharvil Patel said in a virtual press conference, PTI reported. The company hopes that “by middle to end of September, we can start supplying the vaccines, and as I said we need to scale up to 1 crore doses and we believe by October we can achieve this. We believe by October we will start producing 1 crore doses and that would mean by end of Jan we can have 4 to 5 crore doses,” he added.
Gujarat-based Zydus Cadila’s three-dose Covid-19 vaccine was on Friday granted emergency use authorisation for use in adults and children above 12 years, making it potentially the first vaccine to be administered to the adolescent population in India. ZyCoV-D is set to become the first Covid vaccine candidate developed on a plasmid DNA platform to be commercially introduced anywhere in the world. The vaccine, jointly developed in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology, had demonstrated a primary efficacy of 66.66 per cent in phase 3 clinical trials. It was the first Covid-19 vaccine in India to be tested in the adolescent population — those in the 12-18-year age group.
Meanwhile, India reported 34,457 new cases of coronavirus infections and 375 deaths on Friday, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. Active cases in the country have come down to 3.61 lakh. Out of the new cases, Kerala reported 20,224 cases, and 99 deaths while Maharashtra had 4,365 new infections and 106 fatalities. The total death toll has reached 4.34 lakh.