India likely to get Oxford COVID vaccine shots by January-February, Oxford Vaccine 70.4% effective

23 November

India likely to get Oxford COVID vaccine shots by January-February, Oxford Vaccine 70.4% effective

s per the interim phase 3 trial data, the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective in preventing COVID-19 and offers a high level of protection .India is likely to get the first lot of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine shots by late January or early February. This may happen as India plans to give Serum Institute of India emergency use authorisation approval for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate as soon as it gets similar approval in the United Kingdom.
Serum Institute of India's CEO Adar Poonawalla had stated recently that the first batch of Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine will be made available by February 2021 for healthcare workers and vulnerable and elderly people.

He had also confirmed that the Serum Institute will apply for an emergency use authorisation in India when the UK authorities and the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) give a go-ahead. The emergency use will, however, be limited to the frontline workers, healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, municipal staff and elderly people aged above 65 years.
When will SII apply or emergency use of the Oxford Vaccine?
The Serum Institute is likely to apply for emergency use of the Oxford COVID vaccine in December. The central government is currently finalising its contract with the vaccine manufacturers for the procurement of doses.