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Coronavirus | SII hopes to launch new COVID-19 vaccine by June

Adar Poonawalla. File   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Serum Institute of India (SII) chief Adar Poonawalla on Saturday said he is hopeful of launching a new COVID-19 vaccine under the brand name Covovax by June. The Institute had earlier applied for clearance to conduct a trial for the vaccine in India.

Covovax is being developed by American company Novavax.

The vaccine was found to be 89.3% effective in a U.K. trial and was nearly as effective in protecting against the U.K. variant. Mr. Poonawalla has said the SII’s partnership with Novavax, a vaccine undergoing trials for effectiveness against the novel coronavirus, has published “excellent efficacy results”.

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Taking to Twitter, Mr. Poonawalla wrote, “Our partnership for a COVID-19 vaccine with @Novavax has also published excellent efficacy results. We have also applied to start trials in India. Hope to launch #COVOVAX by June 2021!”

Apart from Covovax, four more vaccines are in the pipeline for India.

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