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Oxford vaccine 'marks milestone in virus battle', says NHS chief

Oxford vaccine 'marks milestone in virus battle', says NHS chief”

India is conducting an SEC analysis of the data in addition to Biotech's COVAXIN and it is believed that it may be recommended to allow its emergency use at any time.

India has approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, paving the way for a huge immunisation campaign in the world's second most populous country.

Covaxin, India's indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by Bharat Biotech is developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - National Institute of Virology (NIV).

Stating that India has been given two COVID-19 vaccines by January 2, chairman, Liver Transplant Unit, Medanta Hospital Arvind Soin said, "The DCGI has gone to great lengths to ensure these are safe vaccines and the emergency use comes with explicitly stated conditions". Citing sources, Reuters reported on Friday that the shot could be approved, though little is known about the results of its clinical trials.

The decision to approve the Oxford shot clears the vaccine's rollout in India ahead of a country-wide dry run scheduled for Saturday.

This vaccine has been developed by AstraZeneca and will be produced here by Serum Institute of India (SII).

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Fauci noted that in their clinical trials, Pfizer and Moderna - the makers of the two vaccines approved in the USA - studied the effectiveness of two doses a few weeks apart, not a few months apart. "It will also take care of those mutations", Bharat Biotech Chairman Krihsna Ella said.

The phase III human clinical trials of Covaxin began mid-November, targeted to be done in 26,000 volunteers across India, according to the Bharat Biotech.

According to CNN, the United Kingdom government announced on Wednesday that "the United Kingdom will prioritize giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the most high-risk group" and allow the second dose to be given up to 12 weeks later.

The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, which was granted its first approval by Britain on Tuesday, is cheaper and easier to use than some rival shots, such as the one from Pfizer Inc - a major advantage in tackling a pandemic that has claimed more than 1.8 million lives worldwide.

The central government plans to innoculate almost 30 crore people in the first phase which will last almost eight months.

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