By Administrator_ India
Aiming at a stiff vaccination target, the government has booked 30 crore doses of Hyderabad-based Biological-E’s Covid vaccine, which is still in clinical trials. The Health Ministry will make an advance payment of ₹ 1,500 crores to the company for what will be the second made-in-India vaccine to be used in the country after Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.
The doses will be manufactured and stockpiled by Biological-E from August to December and is likely to be available “in the next few months”, says the ministry.
Biological-E’s vaccine is currently in Phase-3 clinical trials after showing promising results in Phase 1 and 2, said the government in a statement.
Besides Covaxin and Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, Russia’s Sputnik V will soon be used to vaccinate people as the government races towards a target of one crore vaccinations a day by August. It is also in talks with foreign makers like Pfizer and Moderna, who have insisted on an indemnity clause.
The new vaccine arrangement is “part of the wider endeavour of the government to encourage indigenous vaccine manufacturers” by providing them support in research and development and costs, the Centre said.
The government said Biological-E’s shot was given ₹ 100 crores in financial assistance by the Department of Biotechnology, which also partnered with the company to conduct various studies.
This is part of the government’s mission to support five or six new COVID-19 vaccine candidates, said the statement.