Covishield: News

05 Feb 2021


Expert panel recommended against granting EUA to Pfizer's vaccine: Officials

Just two days before pharma major Pfizer announced the withdrawal of its application for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in India, an expert panel of the country's drugs regulatory authority had recommended against granting such approval to the firm at this stage.

31 Jan 2021


Working From Home: Tips to maintain health and wellness

With new coronavirus strains being identified and vaccines yet to be rolled out for the general public, we will have to work out of our homes for many more months.

30 Jan 2021

Narendra Modi

Sri Lanka: No adverse reactions so far following vaccination

No adverse reactions or side-effects have so far been reported by those who were vaccinated in Sri Lanka on Friday with Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Covishield, provided by India, health officials said on Saturday.

29 Jan 2021

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka kicks off coronavirus inoculations with Indian vaccine

Sri Lanka on Friday launched its national coronavirus immunization campaign by administering the first shots to frontline health workers, soldiers, and security personnel, a day after India gifted 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccine to the island nation.

28 Jan 2021


South Africa: COVID-19 vaccine to arrive on February 1

One million coronavirus vaccine doses will arrive from India in the country on February 1, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, South African Health Minister said on Wednesday.

27 Jan 2021


Sri Lanka to procure two to three million Covishield doses

Sri Lanka will purchase two to three million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Covishield, from its Indian manufacturing company Serum Institute of India during the next two days, Lalith Weeratunga, the advisor to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Wednesday.

25 Jan 2021


Bangladesh receives first COVID-19 vaccine consignment from India

Bangladesh on Monday received the first consignment of the five million doses of Covishield vaccines from India under a procurement agreement, four days after New Delhi gifted two million doses of the vaccine to Dhaka.

23 Jan 2021


Brazil President Bolsonaro thanks PM Modi for COVID-19 vaccines

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro invoked Lord Hanuman as he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to fight the deadly virus in his country, Brazil, one of the worst-hit nations by the pandemic.

22 Jan 2021


After SII fire, BCG, rotavirus vaccine production to be hit

Thursday's fire at Pune's Serum Institute of India will impact the production of BCG and rotavirus vaccines in the future, the company said on Friday.

22 Jan 2021


Antonio Guterres saddened by life loss in Serum Institute fire

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is saddened by the loss of life in a fire at the Serum Institute of India (SII) facility in Pune and hopes that the incident is fully investigated, his spokesperson said on Thursday.

21 Jan 2021


Nepal and Bangladesh receive COVID-19 vaccines sent by India

Bangladesh and Nepal, on Thursday, received COVID-19 vaccines from India under grant assistance.

19 Jan 2021


Maldives to become first foreign country to receive Covishield doses

Maldives is set to become the first foreign country to receive COVID-19 vaccines from India. The Asian country will reportedly receive a consignment of Covishield doses on Wednesday.

19 Jan 2021


Meeting discusses possible export of India's coronavirus vaccines: Sources

A multi-ministerial meeting on Monday discussed various aspects of India's possible export of COVID-19 vaccines in view of requests from an increasing number of countries to procure the vaccines, people familiar with the development said.

15 Jan 2021


Delhi: 81 sites identified for COVID-19 vaccination

Authorities on Thursday released a list of 81 sites that will be part of the immunization exercise. Covishield will be administered at 75 centers, while COVAXIN will be given at the remaining facilities.

15 Jan 2021

Narendra Modi

Before vaccination drive, Centre explains dos and don'ts to states

Just as India is readying itself for the massive coronavirus vaccination drive, the federal government explained to the states what they should do and what not, to ensure the entire process is seamless.

14 Jan 2021

Narendra Modi

PM Modi to launch India's coronavirus vaccination drive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday, January 16, launch India's coronavirus vaccination drive virtually. He will also launch the Co-WIN app on that day.

14 Jan 2021


Three lakh healthcare workers will be inoculated on Day 1

Around three lakh healthcare workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across the country on day one of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive which is set to begin from January 16, official sources said.

13 Jan 2021

Delhi Police

Delhi Police steps up security ahead of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

The Delhi Police has made adequate security arrangements in the city for the smooth transportation of COVID-19 vaccines when the countrywide vaccination roll-out will begin later this week, officials said on Tuesday.

Indians won't get option to choose between Covishield and COVAXIN

The government won't allow beneficiaries to choose between two coronavirus vaccines, that were granted the emergency use approval this month, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan declared on Tuesday.

11 Jan 2021

Narendra Modi

Rs. 200 per vaccine dose: SII receives government's purchase order

The Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) has received the purchase order for COVID-19 vaccines from the central government, officials said on Monday.

11 Jan 2021


Vaccine transport from SII to start from January 11/12

With the COVID-19 vaccination drive in India set to roll out on January 16, transportation of the Covishield vaccine from the Serum Institute of India's facility in Pune, is likely to start from the evening of January 11 or January 12, sources involved in logistics planning said on Sunday.

10 Jan 2021


Delhi identifies 89 sites for COVID-19 vaccination drive: Health Minister

The Delhi government has identified 89 sites for the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the national capital, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Sunday.

08 Jan 2021

Oxford University

Severe side-effects after COVID-19 vaccine: What are your legal options?

India is looking forward to launching a massive COVID-19 vaccination drive with two vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorization (EUA).

07 Jan 2021


COVID-19 vaccine transport to start soon; government readies plan

The central government has prepared a detailed draft for the transport of vaccines across India ahead of a nationwide roll-out.

05 Jan 2021

Union Health Ministry

Sleeves up! Coronavirus vaccination drive could begin on January 13

The first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in India will most likely be administered on January 13, a statement from a top official of the Union Health Ministry indicated on Tuesday.

05 Jan 2021


Global leaders hail India's scientific innovation to combat COVID-19

Global leaders have lauded India's leadership in scientific innovation and decisive action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

SII, Bharat Biotech ensure 'smooth roll out' of vaccines globally

The Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech have taken a joint pledge to ensure global access of the COVID-19 vaccines developed by them.

All you need to know about vaccines approved in India

Earlier on Sunday, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) announced the issuance of emergency approval to two COVID-19 vaccines for restricted use in India: Covishield and COVAXIN.

31 Dec 2020

Narendra Modi

Coronavirus: 'Davai bhi, kadaai bhi,' Modi calls for sustained caution

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for sustained caution against COVID-19, even as India looks forward to commencing its vaccination drive soon.

30 Dec 2020

Oxford University

After Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine approved in UK

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca has been approved for use in the United Kingdom.

28 Dec 2020


Centre extends COVID-19 surveillance guidelines till January 31

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday extended guidelines for COVID-19 surveillance, containment, and caution till January 31, 2021.

27 Dec 2020


COVID-19 vaccine: Centre to start dry run in four states

Ahead of the grant of emergency approval to a vaccine for COVID-19, the Centre is looking forward to starting a dry run in four states from Monday.

12 Dec 2020

Times of India

Here's how the government is planning to conduct COVID-19 vaccinations

With licensing for COVID-19 vaccines expected in the coming weeks, the government has drafted a plan for vaccination campaigns.

No emergency approval for SII, Bharat Biotech's vaccine candidates yet

Two applications submitted by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech seeking emergency approval for their respective COVID-19 vaccines have not been cleared, NDTV reported on Wednesday.

01 Dec 2020

Oxford University

SII says Covishield 'safe' after trial participant sends legal notice

The Serum Institute of India (SII) on Tuesday said that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate was "safe and immunogenic," in response to allegations that a trial participant developed serious side-effects after being administered the dose.

28 Nov 2020

Narendra Modi

Applying for Covishield's emergency approval in 2 weeks: SII

The CEO of the Serum Institute of India (SII), Adar Poonawalla, on Saturday said that the company will seek the emergency-use authorization of the coronavirus vaccine 'Covishield' soon.

COVISHIELD vaccine could be realistic solution to COVID-19 pandemic: ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) on Thursday announced the completion of enrollment of participants to the Phase-3 clinical trials for the potential COVID-19 vaccine COVISHIELD in India.

Vaccine tracker: Covishield trials running smoothly; COVAXIN expected by February

Even as the COVID-19 outbreak has witnessed a downward trend in India, some states have been reporting large spikes in infections, indicating that the pandemic is far from over.

21 Sep 2020


COVID-19 vaccine: Serum Institute to start final trials this week

As India's COVID-19 cases continue to surge by nearly a lakh every passing day, scientists are racing to get a vaccine ready as soon as possible.

19 Aug 2020


India: Serum Institute's COVID-19 vaccine goes into Phase-2/3 trials

In a major development, Adar Poonawalla's Serum Institute of India has started the Phase-2/3 trial of a promising COVID-19 vaccine licensed from AstraZeneca and Oxford University.