[Listening] India Begins Production Of Vaccine ‘Covidshield’

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The production of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine named Covidshield—one of the frontrunner* COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the world—has begun in India. At least one billion doses of the vaccine will be produced in India, which would make the country the largest producer of the COVID-19 vaccine on the planet.

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As per the latest developments, the Oxford-Astrazeneca joint-collaboration vaccine is now being _____(1 word missing) on a large scale at the Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune, Maharashtra.

The results of the oxford vaccine— published earlier this week in The Lancet— show an acceptable safety profile and produced increased antibody response to fight the novel coronavirus. The Covidshield has shown to induce a marked increase in effective T-cell responses— an attribute that can ensure longer-term immunity.

The Executive Director of the SII revealed the company intends to create 2-3 million (20-30 lakh) doses of the vaccine by the end of August 2020. And by the end of this year, the target will be to produce at least 300 million (30 crore) doses.

Further, the company intends to keep the vaccine prices below Rs 1000 to make it _____(1 word missing) for everyone, and also available across 70 other low- and middle-income countries.

Phase 1 of Covidshield’s clinical trials is complete, and it has shown _____(2 words missing). Now the government has chosen five sites in India for the third and final phase of trials of the candidate. The third phase of trials would be conducted in India including 10,000 volunteers, so as to test its efficacy on the Indian population. These trials are scheduled to last over two months.

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