New Delhi [India], December 28 (ANI): After reviewing all applications and data, the Subject Expert Committee (SEC), a body under India's drug regulator, has recommended granting the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Serum Institute of India's COVID-19 vaccine Covovax and Corbevax vaccine that is manufactured by Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm Biological E, for those above 18 years of age, official sources told ANI.
The EUA has been recommended for this age group with certain restrictions like the firms have to report after every 15 days about serious adverse events of its usage, official sources have informed.
It is expected that the final approval will be soon given by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), official sources said.
Almost 10 pharma companies have completed clinical trials of antiviral pills, as per sources. The antiviral pill has shown a 30 per cent reduction in hospitalization and will be useful in the treatment of COVID-19.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently granted emergency use listing (EUL) to SII's Covovax. Notably, the US-based Novovax and Serum Institute of India have already received EUA for this vaccine in the Philippines.
The Centre has already made an advance payment of Rs 1,500 crore to reserve 30 crore Corbevax doses in August. (ANI)