2 New COVID-19 Vaccines Get Nod for Emergency Use Authorization

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday informed that two COVID-19 vaccines namely Covovax and Corbevax have been approved for emergency use authorization by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).

Mandaviya took to Twitter saying that Molnupiravir, an anti-viral drug has also been approved for restricted use in an emergency situation.

CORBEVAX is India's 1st indigenously developed RBD protein sub-unit vaccine against COVID-19 and will be made by Hyderabad-based firm Biological-E. 

COVOVAX, a nanoparticle vaccine, will be manufactured by Pune-based firm Serum Institute of India.

Molnupiravir, which is an antiviral drug, will be manufactured in the country by 13 companies for restricted use under emergency situation for the treatment of adult patients with COVID-19 and who have a high risk of progression of the disease.

"PM Narendra Modi Ji has led the battle against COVID-19 from the front. All these approvals will further strengthen the global fight against the pandemic. Our Pharma Industries are asset for the entire world," Mandaviya tweeted.

With this, the number of vaccines that have received emergency use authorisation in India has now increased to eight.

So far, Serum Institute's Covishield, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, Zydus Cadila's ZyCoV-D, Russia's Sputnik V and the US-made Moderna and Johnson and Johnson — have received emergency use authorisation.

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