Initially, India developed a vaccine to be used in criticism of the government’s approach to immunization.
The Indian government has signed its first warrant for the illegal vaccination of COVID-19, just one day after a high court ruled in favor of distributing the “careless and meaningless” vaccine that has left millions at risk.
In the aftermath of a series of deadly attacks that killed thousands of people in April and May, the aim is to move swiftly to India’s elderly to end the disease by the end of this year.
The government has bought 300 million units from the local Biological-E company and has provided $ 205.6m, the medical ministry said, although the vaccine continues to be tested before it is approved.
“The design of M / s Biological-E is part of the Indian Government’s pilot project to empower medical equipment manufacturers by providing them with assistance in Research & Development (R&D) and financial assistance,” the minister said on Thursday.
India has been vaccinating people with the local Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made at the Serum Institute of India (SII), Covaxin produced by local company Bharat Biotech, and has started producing Sputnik V.
But things are slowing down when the government launched a vaccination campaign for senior citizens last month. Some vaccination centers had to be closed, prompting the Supreme Court to rule on maladministration.
As the government provides free immunizations to the elderly and future workers, it has left hospitals and hospitals to distribute to people aged 18-44 at a pre-arranged rate.
“The federal government’s plan to vaccinate free vaccines in the first two categories, and include the paid vaccine … is, prima facie, oppressive and unethical,” the Supreme Court said.
Young people were also at risk, as the second wave of the disease showed, the court said.
It called on the government to reconsider its vaccination policy, map it out, and say the court cannot stand when the rights of citizens of their country are at stake.
To date, about 4.7 percent of the country’s 950 million adults have been treated with antiretroviral drugs.
The government says this week things are going well and could be as high as 10 million a day in July and August, from just under three million now.
SII has asked for permission to manufacture the Sputnik V vaccine in Russia, said a government official, in the wake of the shooting of Oxford-AstraZeneca and Novavax Inc, which is already making it.
Drug regulators did not respond promptly to a Reuters news agency’s response.
India announced on Thursday 134,154 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, still high but lower than 65% from the 414,188 peak reported on May 7.
He has reported cases since the outbreak has now reached 28.4 million, second only to the United States in terms of overall disease control. The number so far is 337,989.
Health experts have warned of a third wave in the next few months as restrictions on the second wave have been reduced and have confirmed that mass vaccination is the only way forward.