Hospitals say stocks of Covishield, Covaxin have piled up, cite lack of needle-free vaccine applicators
The Ahmedabad-based company had projected the vaccine as a painless vaccine that has to be administered in three doses.
As far as the price at which it will be procured is concerned, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a press conference that the government is in talks with the manufacturer.
The permission granted by DCGI in August was for a three-dose schedule, which was tested for efficacy in the Phase 3 clinical trials.
Further, a decision on whether all children or only those with co-morbidities will be administered the COVID-19 vaccine on priority has not yet been taken, the government said on Thursday.
Sharvil Patel said Zydus Cadila is actively looking at ramping up manufacturing both domestically through partnerships and also outside of the country.
ZyCoV-D has received approval for emergency use authorisation from the Drug Controller General of India and it will be administered to people 12 years and above.
This is the world's first DNA-based vaccine against the coronavirus, and this three-dose vaccine when injected produces the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and elicits an immune response.
Zydus Cadila last month had said that it has applied for emergency use authorisation (EUA) with the Indian Drug regulator for its three-dose COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D.
In its submission, the company claimed that in the interim analysis, based on 90 confirmed Covid-19 cases, no moderate, severe disease or deaths were reported in those vaccinated with ZyCoV-D.
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ZyCoV-D, has been sent by pharmaceutical firm Zydus Cadila for emergency use authorisation to the DGCI after its clinical trials ended successfully in the country.
None of the children who underwent the clinical trials are having any side effects or other health complications two months after the vaccines were administered to them, said Dr Amit Bhate
If the regulatory approvals come through, the vaccine, being called ZyCoV-D now, will be the first DNA vaccine, licensed for use in humans.