India’s First Needle-free Covid Vaccine ZyCov-D Launched


New Delhi: ZyCov-D, India’s first needleless vaccine for Covid-19 has been launched in Bihar’s Patna on Friday.

As per Civil Surgeon Dr Vibha Singh, the program has been started at 3 vaccination centres so far and is helpful for people who are refraining from taking vaccines due to their fear of needles.

“The company has started the supplies of its Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D to the government of India against their order from its newly commissioned, state-of-the-art Zydus Vaccine Technology Excellence Centre at the Zydus Biotech Park in Changodar, Ahmedabad,” said the company in a statement.

The government last year placed an order for 10 million vaccine doses for the national anti-Covid immunisation programme. The company is also planning to make the vaccine available in the market.

ZyCoV-D is the world’s first plasmid DNA vaccine. A three-dose vaccine, it is to be administered intradermally using the painless PharmaJet needle-free system called Tropis on day 0, day 28, and day 56.

The vaccine will be priced ₹265 per dose and the applicator ₹93 per dose excluding GST. The company said it has signed an agreement with Shilpa Medicare Limited, a contract manufacturing organisation, to produce doses of ZyCoV-D. It also has a pact with Enzychem Lifesciences of the Republic of Korea for the manufacturing license and technology transfer for the vaccine. (AGENCIES)


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