Covid-19: Why the AstraZeneca vaccine is a blessing for India from Ram and pals

In India on 01/12/2020 at 6:27 am

Interim data suggests the AstraZeneca vaccine provides 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed 95% protection.

But the vaccine is cheap compared to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine: it’ll be sold at cost. India doesn’t have much $ unlike the Americans. The other vaccines are priced for the West, not for India

Better still, it can be kept for at least six months in a normal fridge. The Pfizer vaccine needs ultra-cold storage of -70°C, and can be kept in a fridge for only a few days. The Moderna vaccine can be kept in a fridge for a month.

This means that the AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored in any surgery or pharmacy in a third world country like India.

Richard Hatchett, the head of CEPI, a foundation that funds research into vaccines for pandemics, said he thought this vaccine had the potential to significantly alter the course of the global pandemic and could be delivered anywhere, including poor countries.


And that’s not all. The best news is that the Serum Institute, an Indian maker of drugs and vaccines, committed itself to mass-manufacturing the AstraZeneca vaccine as long ago as April. And it seems half of what it makes can be kept by India, to be used in India.

India’s ordered it:

India has to pay the Serum Institute for the vaccine but Modi’s thugs are already thinking about how not to pay. A minister has talked loudly of seizing the vaccine when the Serum Institute said India had yet to allocate funds to buy it.

Sounds like India is imitating China’s grandpa Xi.

Whatever, Hindoos should be breaking more coconuts. After an Indian US VP, this vaccine shows that Ram and pals love India, not withstand the many Muslims. LOL.

  1. no one buying Singapore developed vaccine?

  2. if the price is right, indians will buy vaccines from any country, except from china.

  3. Like I said, they ain’t that dumb. ok maybe semi-dumb.

    Astra/Oxford vaccine based on traditional methods that are basically commoditised over a century of vaccine experimentation & invention i.e. using inactivated/dead viruses & bits of proteins of them.

    This is also the route that the Russian Sputnik V vaccine & the major 3 Chinese vaccines are using.

    Thus the cost of these vaccines, on a mass production scale, should be at most a few dollars per shot.

    Moderna’s & Pfizer/BioNTech’s are using new mRNA tech for their vaccines. Even at mass scale, the cost per shot is around $50.

    And that’s even before factoring in the costs for the Antarctic-winter-level cold-chain distribution & storage that’s required.

    Singapore’s Duke-NUS is partnering with US’s Arcturus, which also is using mRNA tech. So don’t expect our vaccine to be the cheapo one.

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