Nod in 3 days for foreign jabs

Nod in 3 days for foreign jabs

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Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 15

As India became the second country after the US to witness two lakh daily Covid cases, the national drug regulator said it would process applications for restricted emergency use from foreign vaccine makers within three working days.

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Finalising the regulatory pathway which companies like Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson would need to follow, the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) said applications could be made by the manufacturer through its Indian subsidiary or an authorised agent. Further, applications for registration certificate and import licence will be processed within three working days.

The controller clarified that foreign jabs won’t be included in the national inoculation basket straight away and would need to meet certain conditions.

India’s total tally today reached 1,40,74,564 and active cases soared to 14,71,877.The death toll has risen to 1,73,123 after 1,038 daily fatalities.

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