WHY IN THE NEWS?
India is to get its sixth Covid-19 vaccine soon as drug firm Zydus Cadila’s needle-free Covid-19 vaccine called ‘ZyCoV-D’ is all set to get emergency use authorisation (EUA) approval.
Who will authorise the vaccine in India?
The company applied for emergency use authorisation (EUA) with the office of the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for plasmid DNA vaccine called ZyCoV-D..
New Facility for manufacturing
A new facility to manufacture ZyCov-D was set up at July end to produce vaccine at scale. Zydus Cadila has invested Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore to develop this vaccine.
Efficacy of the vaccine
In the interim analysis, Zydus Cadila is found to be 66.6 percent efficient for symptomatic RT-PCR positive cases. No moderate case of COVID-19 disease was observed after administering third dose. It suggests, 100 percent efficacy against moderate disease. Further, no severe cases or deaths due to occurred after second dose of this vaccine
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