National rollout of Zydus Cadila vaccine before October 15, says NTAGI chief, final investigation underway

Zydus Cadila Virus

Zydus Cadila Virus

With the national rollout of Zydus Cadila's Covid Vaccine, ZyCoV-D just 2 weeks away, various batches of ZyCoV-D are undergoing the final round of quality checks at the Vaccine Testing Laboratory in Himachal Pradesh. Speaking to TOI, NK Arora, chairman of the Center for National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), Kovid Working Group, expressed that if everything works out according to his plan,

The vaccine will be introduced in the vaccination schedule as early as October 15.  Will be done- 16. Sources told CNN-News18 that around 1.5 lakh doses of Zydus Cadila's ZyCoV-D vaccine have cleared the quality test at the Central Drugs Laboratory in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, adding that the government is currently working with the manufacturers for commercial purposes. Negotiating to lower the price. Why jab? Sources said the manufacturers have quoted a price of Rs 1,800 to 1,900 per dose, which the government feels is on the higher side for the three-dose vaccine, and wants a lower figure. As ZyCov-D is the first DNA-based and needle-free vaccine, its price range is bound to be higher when compared to other jabs.
 

The special applicator that is required for the vaccine costs Rs 35,000, increasing the price range for the vaccine dose. The three-dose needle-free ZyCoV-D vaccine, manufactured by Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila, is based on plasmid DNA technology and follows a three-dose regimen with an interval of 28 days between each dose. "Since it is a three-dose vaccine, we need to ensure availability of one crore doses every month for the next three months," Arora said This will be the first vaccine in India to be given to children in the age group of 12-18 years. Government sources had said that as per the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, the COVID Working Group is in favor of introducing immunization for children and details of comorbidities among adolescents and priority of beneficiaries would be released soon.

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