India gives allowance to Cipla for its restricted use of Moderna Vaccine

 India gives allowance to Cipla for its restricted use of Moderna Vaccine

The Indian Government has given a green signal to Cipla a leading Pharmaceutical giant in India to import Moderna’s Covid vaccine for constricted emergency use in India, which was confirmed by official sources.


Moderna Vaccine is said to be 90 percent potent against COVID-19. The vaccine will be used in India as part of a donation from the company, which will be undertaken by Cipla, and not from a commercial aspect.

Cipla, on behalf of the US Pharmaceutical Major, has now requested for import of Vaccines and Marketing permissions. Moderna has also told that the US Government has agreed to contribute a certain number of doses of the Vaccine through COVAX to the government of India for use.

Moderna is an mRNA Vaccine that has particles of the genetic material known as messenger RNA. It works by providing cells temporary instructions to make the spike protein to counter coronavirus. This protein is present on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.

Overseas vaccine producers have been insisting the government provide insurance for vaccines in India. This means that the government would be accounted responsible, for critical vaccine-related injuries, instead of the company providing the vaccines.

The important factor would be that how many doses Moderna will be donating to India and how it will be distributed in the country via government or private channels. Mumbai-based Cipla Spokesperson said that they would be issued a statement later.

The clearance was permitted under norms that were revised in India, which allowed fast-forward authorization for covid-19 vaccines that had received authorization from four top regulators across the globe such as European Medicines Agency, the UK Medicines, and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency or Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, US Food and Drug Administration, The World Health Organization.

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