Chairman of COVID-19 Working Group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), Dr. Narendra Kumar Arora has said that the country will soon have the world’s first DNA-plasmid vaccine by Zydus Cadilla which has been Made in India.
The other vaccine that the government can expect soon is Biological E – a protein sub-unit vaccine, he further informed that the trials of these vaccines have been quite encouraging and they are hopeful that this vaccine will be available by September this year.
The Indian m-RNA vaccine which can be stored at temperature 2 to 8 Degree Celsius should also be available by September.
He informed that two other vaccines namely Novavax by Serum Institute of India, SII and Johnson and Johnson may also be expected soon.
He said, by the third week of July, the production capacity of Bharat Biotech and SII are going to be increased phenomenally which will enhance the vaccine supply in the country.
Dr Arora informed that by August, we are expected to procure 30 to 35 crore doses of vaccines in a month and this will enable us to vaccinate one crore persons per day.
Dr Arora spoke on these and various other facets of India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, in an interview to Department of Science and Technology’s OTT – India Science Channel.