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India's expert panel okays AstraZeneca's covid vaccine
Expert review of clinical trial data is a precondition for drug regulator's approval for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for a vaccine. The panel has now recommended AstraZeneca's India version covid vaccine Covishield for EUA by DCGI.

NEW DELHI, Jan 2: The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Friday recommended marketing authorisation for Covishield, the covid vaccine developed by Oxford University-AstraZeneca, a step necessary before the Drugs Controller General (DCGI) gives its approval of Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for a vaccine.

The Serum Institute of India, Pune, which has conducted the clinical trials and is manufacturing the vaccine in India under lease from AstraZeneca, had submitted data on its safety, immunogenicity and efficacy to the DCGI earlier for the EUA.

Subsequently, the drug regulator had earlier this month wanted them to submit the outcome of UK regulator Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) assessment of the data of trials done there before taking up the review here. On Wednesday, the MHRA issued the EUA for the vaccine to be administered in the UK. Soon the SEC met and made the recommendation to the DCGI, which is expected to issue the EUA within days.

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