SII seeks regular marketing authorisation for Covishield from DCGI

A vial of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which is produced in India and marketed as Covishield (Image: Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

New Delhi, Oct 25 : Serum Institute of India (SII) on Monday sought regular marketing authorisation for Covid vaccine, Covishield from Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

The application sent to the DCGI said that SII has already submitted phase-3 clinical study results of 24,244 subjects from the UK, Brazil and South Africa to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in June. Apart from that the phase 3 clinical study results of 32,379 subjects from the US, Chile and Peru were submitted on July 9.

The source said that the company has already administered over 100 crores doses till now under India’s mass vaccination program which itself is a testimony to the success and efficacy of the Covishield vaccine.

If Covishield gets the approval for regular market authorization from DCGI, it will be the second vaccine in the world to receive such authorisation.

In another development, European nation Poland has also recognized Covishield as a vaccine equivalent to those recognized by the European Union. The approval will exempt quarantine for those coming to Poland after getting Covishield vaccine. In total, as many as eighteen countries of European Union had approved the Covishield vaccine so far.

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