The Serum Institute of India, which is manufacturing the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in India, said that around 50 million doses of the vaccine, are ready. A top official further said that the company will be able to scale up capacity to around 100 million by March next year.
The Pune-based company has applied to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking emergency use authorisation for COVID-19 vaccine in the country, PTI reported.
“We have already manufactured 40-50 million dosages of the vaccine. The rollout of the vaccine is expected to be a bit slow in the initial phase due to logistics issue and is expected to pick up once things get sorted,” Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla said.
Mr Poonawalla said the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine could be approved in the UK soon and by next month, the vaccine can also be approved in India.
Meanwhile, over two million individuals in the United States have received the first of two coronavirus vaccine shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data revealed on Monday.
The CDC has reported that 2,127,143 individuals in the United States have received the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine while 11,445,175 doses have been distributed throughout the US, ANI reported.
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Andhra Pradesh reported 212 fresh COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the last 24 hours, said the state health department on Monday.
According to the health bulletin, 37,381 samples were tested in the state and 212 of them were detected positive for the virus.
With this, the total number of COVID cases in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 8,81,273, including 3,423 active cases.
As many as 410 persons were recovered during the same period, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,70,752. However, four persons succumbed to the deadly virus — 2 in West Godavari district, 1 each in Guntur and Visakhapatnam districts.
In an effort to help people Below the Poverty Line battle fight the Covid-19 virus, the Jammu and Kashmir Police in Baramulla distributed safety kits to underprivileged families in the district’s Uri area.
The Covid-19 safety kits, consisting of a face shield, triple-layer N-95 masks, an oximeter, a digital thermometer, sanitizer bottles, hand gloves and hand soap, were distributed to BPL families who gathered at the function, ANI reported.
Sikkim reported one more death due to COVID-19 infection in the past 24 hours taking the count in the contagion to 126, PTI reported.
Amid global concern over the new United Kingdom (UK) COVID-19 strain, one more UK returnee tested positive, taking the number of returnees testing positive to 21 in Telangana, state’s Director Public Health said on Monday.
Dr G Srinivasa Rao, Director Public Health, Telangana said the Telangana Medical Health Department is on high alert in the wake of the arrival of a new strain of coronavirus, as 156 travellers are yet to be traced.