India will have a COVID-19 vaccine capacity of more than 30 crores per month by next year, sources said. This includes Covishield, Covaxin, ZyCoV-D and Biological E.
New Delhi: India will have a COVID-19 vaccine capacity of more than 30 crores per month by next year, sources said. This includes Covishield, Covaxin, ZyCoV-D and Biological E.
This month, India will have a vaccine capacity of 28 crore doses, including 22 crore doses of Serum Institute of India's Covishield and 6 crore doses of Bharat Biotech Biotech's Covaxin, and the production of 60 lakh Zydus Cadila's ZyCoV-D doses are also ready, government sources said.
The production of 60 lakh doses of Zydus Cadila's ZyCoV-D are already ready with the company and Biological E will be submitting the data till November end of phase -3 trials. The Biological E is the third Indian company to make COVID-19 vaccine. The company has also started stockpile doses.
Biological E will be providing 30 crore doses and another company that is expected to provide doses is Gennova which is the fourth Indian company doing trials of mRNA vaccines. India is expected to get Gennova's mRNA vaccine doses by February.
Earlier on September 2, NITI Aayog Member (Health) VK Paul said that the Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Biological E is expected to launch its vaccine against COVID-19 in October this year.
Paul said that Phase 3 of Biological E's trial is underway. "Stockpile is being produced. We should wait for the results. We hope it'll be in the next month or two. They've made a broad commitment that they'll supply a significant amount by year-end," Paul said.
India procured more than 26 crore doses in the month of September also. Centre plans to achieve 100 crore doses in next week. Earlier, it was expected to reach the target between October 10 to October 12. The delay and decline in COVID-19 vaccination are due to the festival season and hesitation in the second dose. India may accelerate the export of COVID-19 vaccines under its humanitarian initiative 'Vaccine Maitri' by December after having an excess number of doses in the country. (ANI)