Oxford vaccine ‘70% effective’, may get India nod by year-end
MUMBAI: Armed with interim findings of the AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trials — which showed 70% effectiveness in preventing people from getting infected — Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) is set to seek emergency regulatory approval and hopes to get a go-ahead by the year-end.
The ‘positive’ data raises hopes for a faster rollout of the vaccine in India, as the AstraZeneca data exceeds the 50% primary efficacy endpoint set by the Indian drug regulator DCGI as part of its draft guidelines for Covid-19 vaccines.
“We will be applying for the emergency licensure very soon and hope to get it in a month or so. The final approval depends on DCGI’s decision,” SII CEO Adar Poonawalla told TOI. He added that the company has so far stockpiled around 4 crore doses, and will have around 10 crore doses by January. A majority of these will be marked as priority for India.
Covishield will be available in the market at Rs 500-600 per dose, and at Rs 220-300 ($3-4) for the go nment, he added. Two doses of the vaccine will be required. Competing vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are expected to be priced higher. The Moderna vaccine may cost up to $37 or Rs 2,775 per dose, while Pfizer could price its offering around $20 or Rs 1,500.
Though the efficacy of the vaccine is much lower than the around 95% achieved by both Pfizer and Moderna, the vaccine holds more promise for India because of its price, simpler supply chain and scalable platform. The vaccine can be stored in normal refrigerated temperature (2-8°C), and does not require the build-up of a sub-zero cooling chain, which makes it easier to transport, store and distribute even in remote areas, unlike the other two.
The Phase-III clinical trials of Covishield on 1,600 participants are ongoing across India and are expected to be completed by mid-December. The interim data of trials—running since October—is promising, Poonawalla said.
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Idiots here are not understanding.. 70 percent doesn't mean 7 out of 10 are protected you dhakkans.. It means every person will have 70 percent less chance of getting infected and even if they get infected it is very very likely symptoms will not be serious.. This is very good news and should be celebrated rather than criticized.
India has 3x less land than USA but 1 BILLION more people. You don’t need to vaccinate all 1.4 Billion people living in India. The go nment should only vaccinate rich Indian people. Billionaires, millionaires, and people who make at least $100,000 US dollars or above. Poor people especially people living in slums should be arrested and injected with lethal injection so they pass away painlessly.
We need a vaccination to cure hatred.
We should try to find out a better vaccine with a higher success rate.
wait for 8 more month
No thanks will wait for atma nibaaar
70% effective essentially means NOT EFFECTIVE...
Pfizer vaccine 90^ effective and Oxford vaccine 70% effective. Without vaccine and without medicines 80% recovery rate and new infection rates are dropping at many places and a little bit gaining in some places. What to make of it? Will people buy these vaccines?
Don't need any vaccine if we maintain proper discipline and lifestyle
India cow dung is more effective than this Oxford vaccine, and a lot cheaper too
Rajesh Krishnan Kutty
even water is 70% effective
K Mohan Hyderabad city
Why the Astra vaccine placed at just 70 percent efficacy and still costing more for the common man
Do we need 2 months for approval when thousands of people are dying everyday? Are our Babus so much dumb? Corona surge started again due to farmer protests backed by Congress and its allies.
good work indian team . keep it up. those who don't want should not criticize.
govt should not offer free of cost to any body.
By the time vaccine reaches us we will be immuned to this virus and we won't need a vaccine.
People gatherings in the recent festival season and election rallies are responsible for increase in Covid-19 cases specially in north India. Govt cannot escape from it's responsibility which failed to control a possible 2nd wave.
Only foolish people who have insurance and money will take the Vaccine which nobody knows the side effects.
I have two wife’s n 9 kids in my family n cannot afford vaccine for all.
now you will come to know importance of family planning you fool
If you live in Bihar then maybe you can get for free