New Delhi: India raced ahead with work on its coronavirus vaccine while Britain’s AstraZeneca said its deliveries were running “a little bit late” as countries around the world sought to conquer the pandemic and rescue their economies.
Australia is beefing up its prospective arsenal against the pandemic to 135 million doses of various vaccine candidates. “We aren’t putting all our eggs in one basket,” PM Scott Morrison said on Thursday.
An Indian government-backed vaccine could be launched as early as February — months earlier than expected — as last-stage trials begin this month and studies have showed it is effective, a scientist said.
Bharat Biotech, a private company that is developing Covaxin with the government-run ICMR, had earlier hoped to launch it only in the second quarter of next year. Reuters