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Covishield-maker Serum Institute applies to start trials of its second COVID-19 vaccine Covovax


Covishield-maker Serum Institute applies to start trials of its second COVID-19 vaccine Covovax: The announcement comes a day after Novovax Inc mentioned that its Covid-19 vaccine Covovax was 89.3% efficient in stopping Covid-19 in a trial conducting in the UK.(Representational picture; Reuters/File Picture)

Serum Institute to start trial of second Covid-19 vaccine: Makers of Covishield vaccine Serum Institute of India (SII) knowledgeable on Sunday that the Pune-based agency has utilized to start trials for one more Covid-19 vaccine – Covovax. SII’s CEO Adar Poonawalla knowledgeable in a tweet that Serum Institute has utilized to begin the trials of one other COVID-19 vaccine which it hopes to launch by June 2021.

In a tweet, Poonawalla mentioned, “Our partnership for a COVID-19 vaccine with @Novavax has additionally revealed wonderful efficacy outcomes. We now have additionally utilized to begin trials in India. Hope to launch #COVOVAX by June 2021!”

SII might be producing Covovax in partnership with Novovax Inc. The announcement comes a day after Novovax Inc mentioned that its Covid-19 vaccine Covovax was 89.3% efficient in stopping Covid-19 in a trial conducting in the UK. Novovax additionally said that within the preliminary evaluation Covovax proved to be efficient in offering safety in opposition to the highly-contagious UK-variant of Coronavirus.

Serum’s Covishield vaccine, which was collectively developed by the College of Oxford and British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, was among the many first Coronavirus vaccines on the earth to achieve approvals for mass inoculation.

Amongst different international locations, India too has procured over 1 crore doses of Covishield vaccine for what’s the world’s largest inoculation drive.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 and declared that almost three crore healthcare and frontline employees would get the Coronavirus vaccine on precedence.

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