WHO Approves India-Made Coronavirus Vaccine

The World Health Organisation said it had granted emergency approval to the India-manufactured coronavirus vaccine Covovax.

The jab, produced by the Serum Institute of India under licence from the U.S.-based Novavax, will now be distributed as part of global vaccine-sharing system Covax, “giving a much-needed boost to ongoing efforts to vaccinate more people in lower income countries”.

This listing aims to increase access, particularly in lower income countries, 41 of which have still not been able to vaccinate 10% of their populations, while 98 countries have not reached 40%.”

Covovax requires two doses and is stable at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius refrigerated temperatures.