Pfizer becomes first Pharma company to seek approval for its COVID-19 vaccine in India 

Recently, at an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned that COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be ready in the next few weeks, as soon as scientists approve, vaccination will start in India.

The Indian arm of the American pharma firm Pfizer has become the first pharmaceutical firm to address the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking emergency use authorisation for the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine in India. Considering the unmet medical needs due to the ongoing pandemic the Serum Institute of India applied for the approval on Sunday. 

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Reportedly the parent company of Pfizer has already received the emergency-use allowance in the United Kingdom and Bahrain. As per an official source, Pfizer India has asked permission for emergency usage authorisation of its vaccine from DGCI to import and market. The drug regulator might give emergency support if it is satisfied by the results of the trials conducted outside the country.

Last week, on Wednesday, the UK became the first country to clear the Covid-19 shot developed jointly by Pfizer and German biotechnology partner BioNTech. It has reported an efficiency of 95 per cent in the third stage of trials.

On Friday, Bahrain also permitted the two-dose vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.

The application was submitted by Pfizer India on Friday i.e. December 4. In its petition, the pharmaceutical firm said, "Import the vaccine for sale and distribution in the country, besides waiver of clinical trials on Indian population following the special provisions under the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2019," as a source quoted to PTI.

Recently, at an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned that COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be ready in the next few weeks, as soon as scientists approve, vaccination will start in India.

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