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Sputnik Light gets emergency approval from DCGI

Sputnik Light gets emergency approval from DCGI

Yesterday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that Sputnik Light got emergency use approval. This single-dose vaccine has similar components to Sputnik V. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories is the Indian partner for this vaccine.

Sputnik Light has been approved in 29 countries. As per clinical data, this single-dose shot has an efficacy of 65.4 per cent, 21 days after administration. It can also be used as a booster dose for the eligible population in the country, as per some sources.

Apart from Sputnik Light and Sputnik V, the following vaccines have been approved in the country:

The Indian government approved Corbevax and Covovax in December 2021. These two vaccines got approval for restricted emergency use. Hyderabad-based firm Biological-E manufactured Corbevax. It is the first indigenously developed RBD protein subunit vaccine in the country. The government placed an order for five crore doses of this vaccine last week.

Covovax is an American vaccine. It is manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII). The vaccine showed 90 per cent efficacy in the last-stage clinical trials. The government placed an order for 3.15 crore doses of Covovax.

ZyCov D, the second indigenous vaccine for COVID-19, is manufactured by Zydus Cadila. This first needle-free vaccine is the world’s first DNA vaccine. It is a three-dose vaccine, and the time interval between each dose is 28 days. It has to be administered intradermally. The government placed a purchase order for 10 million doses of this vaccine. Zydus Cadila is planning to manufacture around 12 crore doses of this vaccine per annum.

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine also got Emergency Use approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). The company earlier sought approval for conducting phase-3 clinical trials of this vaccine to evaluate its safety and immunogenicity in healthy adults, but it had withdrawn its proposal later.

In addition to these vaccines, Covaxin and Covishield are used in the country’s vaccination drive.

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