COVID-19 Vaccine Likely By September, Says Indian Firm Partnering Oxford

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A vaccine for coronavirus may be available in the market as early as the end of September, the chief of the world’s largest vaccine maker has told NDTV.

“That’s what we hope to do by the end of May- we hope to start producing this vaccine so that by the time the trials get over in September, we could have a product that we can give to the Indian people and the world and not have to wait another 6 months after that to manufacture the vaccine,” Adar Poonawalla, the chief of Serum Institute of India

The Pune-based Serum Institute of India is working with scientists in the UK and the US to manufacture a vaccine for the global pandemic that has infected more than 3 million people and cost 209,661 lives.

The Serum Institute chief said he has faith in the Oxford team, which was successful in coming up with a vaccine for the Ebola virus. His organisation also had a tie-up with them for the malaria vaccine, said Mr Poonawalla.

Besides Oxford, his firm also has a tie-up with US firm Codagenix, which, he said, is using a live attenuated virus to develop its vaccine and is conducting animal trials with it. “It is a couple of months behind Oxford,” he added.

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