Coronavirus: Efforts to find treatments, vaccines for Covid-19

  • Coronavirus: Efforts to find treatments, vaccines for Covid-19

Coronavirus: Efforts to find treatments, vaccines for Covid-19

"The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19 of the CDSCO, which discussed the application by Dr Reddy's Laboratories seeking emergency use authorisation for COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, on Wednesday asked the firm to submit immunogenicity and safety data in accordance with the protocol approved by the CDSCO". The phase-3 studies ended here on February 21.

Vietnam received the first batch of 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday (Feb 24) ahead of the planned rollout of the South-east Asian country's immunisation programme from next month.

In September past year, the Hyderabad-based firm Dr Reddy's partnered with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to conduct the clinical trials of Sputnik V and for its distribution rights in India. The vaccine underwent a bridge trial in Indian on 1600 people.

"Currently, an agreement is in the works on the supply of the necessary quantity of the vaccine, which is estimated at 10 mln doses at the first stage", TASS cited the authority as saying. "The decision to include the Sputnik V into the national portfolio of vaccines [of Egypt] demonstrates confidence in safety and high efficiency of the pharmaceutical", chief executive of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev said in a statement.

The batch is part of 30 million doses that the Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Co, a company set up to handle vaccine import and distribution, will bring in, the government said.

"The efficacy of Sputnik V was reported to be 91.6 per cent by the Lancet, which is an impressive development in the fight against COVID-19".

A healthcare worker at the Jackson Health Systems receives a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine from Susana Flores Villamil, RN from Jackson Health Systems, at the Jackson Memorial Hospital on December 15, 2020 in Miami, Florida.