Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ probably to get nod by government today

Indian Government is likely to approve Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ today. Britain on December 30 became the first nation to approve the Oxford University-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. According to News18, “India approval of Oxford vaccine is expected today in all likelihood.”

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has scheduled a meeting on December 30 to consider the Serum Institute of India’s application for emergency use approval of its COVID-19 vaccine.

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) had first reviewed three EUA applications on December 9 and sought more information from all vaccine makers, including Serum Institute of India (SII), which is making the AstraZeneca shots.

The United Kingdom government said that it has accepted a recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) “to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for use”. The rollout is expected to begin as early as next week.

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