Can Pfizer, Moderna vaccines be gamechangers for India amid the COVID crisis?

The centre claims that the manufacturers may also give preference to countries of their origin

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But because both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccines require two doses given several weeks apart, Limaye says it may be hard to fully vaccinate everyone who wants a vaccine.

The Phase 2/3 trial included 3,732 participants, two-thirds of whom received two doses of the Moderna vaccine while the others received a placebo.

"I want to assure people that we will have enough of the AstraZeneca vaccine to provide second doses for everybody who wants that", she added. "We will take a decision in the larger interest of people and based on merits.There is no decision as of now", Paul said.

Shakespeare, an 81-year-old former worker at Rolls-Royce and parish councillor, got the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID jab in December at University Hospital Coventry shortly after 91-year-old Margaret Keenan, the first person in the world to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. "It ensures you have the maximum protection for the maximum amount of time".

Health officials announced that they were considering a shorter window between the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines earlier this month. The province only recently reduced that window to 13 weeks.

Communities such as Gabriola Island and Pender Island, which had community-wide immunization clinics for the first dose, will have similar clinics for the second jab.

"About 400,000 people over the age of 70 and clinically extremely vulnerable will start receiving their invites today", Henry said. NanaimoNewsNOW reports local verified data from Island Health.

While India has administered over 20 crore doses so far since the launch of its vaccination drive in mid-January, it is still a long way to reach the vaccination for the entire population, more so in the backdrop of many states having flagged shortage of vaccines and the gap between supply and requirement widening amid the deadly second wave.

Addressing a press conference on May 24, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, health ministry, had said the order books of both Pfizer and Moderna were full most of the time and that depending on the surplus available with them, they will get back to the government.

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