Let The Games Begin, Says COVID-19 Vaccine Quad Alliance
US Supply Constraints To Be Addressed?
A COVID-19 vaccine alliance between US, Japan, India and Australia announced funding for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine made by Biological E. Will the arrangement be extended to other vaccines and will the alliance push US to address materials export concerns, recently raised by Serum Institute?
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Despite Indian companies not being able to honor COVID-19 vaccine export commitments, Biological E’s MD believes mitigating circumstances mean relations with the agency won’t be damaged. Meanwhile, Corbevax is being used in India's immunization program and a tech transfer for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is going ahead.
While an mRNA vaccine is still missing, 2021 saw Indian companies strike alliances, battle legal action and gain funding while the regulator played a crucial enabling role in the run up to the approval of eight COVID-19 vaccines from zero in 2020.
As India gets set to resume COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy from October, a new rule which will require Indians visiting UK who are fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca partner Serum Institute’s vaccine to undergo quarantine has sparked a row. Meanwhile, Indian companies await a nod from the WHO for wider acceptance of their COVID-19 vaccines.