India Scraps Local Trials for 'Well-Established' Foreign COVID-19 Vaccines

Moderna wants vaccine approved for adolescents

Before the transfer of technology in August for local production, Russian Federation will send close to 18 million Sputnik V doses to India - 3 million in May, 5 million in June and 10 million in July said sources. But because both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccines require two doses given several weeks apart, Limaye says it may be hard to fully vaccinate everyone who wants a vaccine. The company had pledged to send between 10.3 and 12.3 million doses by the end of the second quarter.

Anand had a call with company officials on Tuesday and had indicated at the time that Moderna meant to deliver "millions and millions of doses in the month of June". So far, it has delivered just 5.6 million.

"Bill" William Shakespeare, 81, receives the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the UK's history on December 8, 2020 in Coventry, United Kingdom. Moderna has never shipped that many shots to Canada in a two-week period.

Anand said Moderna has promised to "ramp up" its deliveries in the last half of June.

The first man to get publicly vaccinated for COVID-19 in the world died of an unrelated illness about six months after receiving the jab, according to multiple reports.

India became the second country after the USA to achieve this coverage in just 130 days.

But vaccine experts familiar with production processes say such post-production checks are routine and occur with every batch of vaccines.

While Canada was among the first countries to sign a procurement deal with Moderna, the company has had to cancel shipments or punt deliveries to later dates as it has struggled with production issues.

The shared datapoints include trials showing almost 95 per cent effectiveness against COVID-19, 100 per cent efficacy against severe disease and also 100 per cent vaccine efficacy in 12-15-year-old adolescents.

The company, which has few facilities on its own, relies on third-party finish-and-fill companies to churn out its product and ship it overseas.

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