Vaccine for COVID-19 is now a necessity for the whole world now. India is looking towards rolling out the Oxford vaccine. Britain on Wednesday has already approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Britain is the first to approve the covid -19 vaccine. The Indian regulators are expected to follow suit soon enough. However, the subject expert committee has decided to seek more data on the vaccine. It will take a few more days to get the final medical approval.
The committee is expected to meet again on Friday next week. This will raise hopes regarding the vaccine’s efficacy. As of now, many people in the country have tested positive for the new strain of the virus. The country has been split into 6 regions to scan the infections caused due to the new strain of the virus. The search will include one and all, and not just the UK-returnees.
Analysis Of Data Submitted By Serum Institute
The committee will be analysing the data submitted by the Serum Institute. SII has said that, it has already stockpiled 40-50 million shots of Covishield. Reports state that it could become the most popular shot in the days to come. It is priced at $3-4 a dose. Moreover, it can be stored in the refrigerator for over a week. Pfizer-BioNTech requires freezers at minus 70° while Moderna requires minus 20. They will both cost more. Covishield shots have reported more efficacy. The authorities are going to verify all the data, that is received in the UK.
SII and Biotech have presented additional data, which has been re-analysed by SEC. SEC will meet again on Jan1, 2021. India’s vaccination drive will roll out in the early weeks of January 2021. The motto is to inoculate nearly 30 crore people by July. The OAZ vaccine is supposed to be the second one to roll out. The UK government has already ordered 100 million doses to inoculate 50 million in two phases. This could cover the entire population.
What is To Come?
The UK Regulator has recommended two doses at an interval of 4-12 weeks. This applies to the Oxford Vaccine. It will supposedly provide 70 percent protection. As per reports by WHO, currently there are more than 50 vaccines that are on trial. World Health Organization is working in collaboration with scientists, business, and global health organizations through the ACT Accelerator to speed up the response time.
Once a safe vaccine is out, it will give hope to so many people who are already infected and others who are fearing infection. India is planning to deliver more than 100 inoculations ate each site each day. The person will be mandatorily kept under observation for 30 minutes, and will be shifted to a medical facility, if any mishap occurs.
Each of the sites will have three rooms, one of vaccination, one for waiting and the third for observation. This will also keep social distancing norms in place. India is planning to deliver 60 crore vaccines in the next 6-8 months.