Centre seals deal for 2nd Made-in-India vaccine, orders 30 crore doses from Biological E

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The Biological E's vaccine has shown promising results in Phase 1 and 2 of clinical trials, according to the government, and Phase-3 trials are already on. The 30 crore doses will be manufactured and stockpiled between August and December.

As the Centre aims to vaccinate all aged 18 and above by the end of 2021, the availability of COVID-19 vaccines is crucial to achieving the massive target. The government has now placed an order for 30 crore doses with Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Biological E to augment the country’s vaccination coverage and pace. The Union Health Ministry will soon make an advance payment of Rs 1,500 crore for the second made-in-India vaccine.
The Biological E's vaccine has shown promising results in Phase 1 and 2 of clinical trials, according to the government, and Phase-3 trials are already on. The 30 crore doses will be manufactured and stockpiled between August and December.
The yet-unnamed COVID-19 vaccine has been developed in association with the Baylor College of Medicine, the US, and is going to be modelled after the Hepatitis E vaccine.
The Biological E vaccine was examined and recommended for approval by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC).
Biological E will also manufacture two different COVID-19 vaccines in India. The company has a deal with Canadian pharmaceutical company Providence Therapeutic Holdings to manufacture its mRNA vaccine for the coronavirus and another with Johnson and Johnson to manufacture their single-dose Janssen vaccine.
The company plans to produce up to 10 crore doses of its subunit vaccine, 60 crore of the J&J vaccine and 60 crore doses of the Providence mRNA vaccine in 2021.
Besides Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute of India's Covishield, Russia's Sputnik V vaccine will be used to inoculate 1 crore people in a day by August. The Centre is already in talks with foreign makers like Pfizer and Moderna, who have insisted on an indemnity clause.

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