Emergency use listing for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin

03 Nov, 2021 - 15:11 0 Views
Emergency use listing for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin Dr Mariângela Simão

The Herald

Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Health Reporter

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an emergency use listing for Indian-produced Covaxin Covid-19 vaccine.

The world health body’s emergency use listing assesses the quality, safety and efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines and allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer Covid-19 vaccines.

WHO assistant director general for access to medicines and health products Dr Mariângela Simão said the development would increase availability of vaccines.

“This emergency use listing expands the availability of vaccines, the most effective medical tools we have to end the pandemic.

“But we must keep up the pressure to meet the needs of all populations, giving priority to the at-risk groups who are still waiting for their first dose, before we can start declaring victory,” Dr Simão.

Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech, is one of the four Covid-19 vaccines approved by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe for use in Zimbabwe.

The vaccine is formulated from an inactivated SARS-CoV-2 antigen and is administered in two doses four weeks apart.

It has an efficacy rate of 78 percent against Covid-19 and is suitable for low-and middle-income countries due to easy storage requirements.

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