With calls for a COVID-19 vaccine getting louder, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director of Bengaluru-based Biocon Ltd is of the belief that a vaccine will be out by mid-2021.
Mazumdar-Shaw said she is hopeful of a vaccine being available in the country by June, but laid emphasis on the fact that delivering the vaccine to people across the country will be challenging.
While speaking to livemint.com. Shaw said, “My expectation is that the first mRNA vaccines will be approved by the end of the year. But they are not going to be available in India because they require a -80 degree cold chain and that is not something which we can handle here”.
“I expect that by January, some of the other vaccines could be approved like AstraZeneca’s, or one of our own Indian vaccines, like the one by Bharat Biotech. If we finish the clinical trials in the next 2-3…