COVID-19 Vaccine: Oxford Vaccine May Be The First Shot For India


India is eyeing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate as the likely first shot against Covid-19 to be available for Indians by the end of 2020. Locally developed vaccines are also being watched closely as it is felt that they may also enter the market with a gap of a few weeks if cleared in trials. 

The Oxford candidate — for which Pune-based Serum Institute is a manufacturing partner of British pharma giant AstraZeneca — is ahead of the other two local vaccine candidates that have also entered the human trials stage. The Oxford candidate has already completed early phases (Phase 1 and 2) of human trials in the UK and showed positive results.