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DCGI Gives Nod to Cipla to Import Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use Authorisation

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Mumbai-headquartered pharma major Cipla has got a nod from The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Tuesday for importing Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine. This has made it the fourth vaccine in the country to be granted permission for the Emergency Use Authorisation or EUA.

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According to NITI Aayog’s member (Health) VK Paul, the government is working out on the finer modalities for importing of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine. He also informed that India is in talks with Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson for adding to the basket of vaccines available in India.

Presently, the country has made available three Covid vaccines: Covishield, Covaxin, and Sputnik. Dr Paul also informed that the Moderna Covid vaccine will be introduced as a ready-to-use injectable vaccine in India. The vaccine can be stored for a seven months period at a temperature prescribed and its normal storage post opening of the vial is 30 days.

The Moderna vaccine, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), has shown to have about a 94.1% efficacy in preventing against the Covid-19 beginning 14 days post the maiden dose. Its effectiveness is not altered by the new variants of SARS-CoV-2, WHO has stated based on evidence collected until now.

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